Katie Maratta’s "horizonscapes" present an opportunity to experience long stretches of the Texas landscape in a totally new way. Close examination of Maratta’s long horizontal panels, composed of tiny graphite and ink sketches, reveals the often over-looked rhythm and pulse of landmarks on the outstretched horizon. Trees, swirling dust devils, highway signs, horses, hay bales, pump jacks, barns, farm houses, silos and endless stretches of roads and fences roll by in cinematic fashion reminiscent of a long road trip through West Texas.
Part of the fascination of Maratta’s work is that she presents an endlessly vast space on an incredibly small literal picture plane much like the inherent contradiction between by what the eye can see and what the brain perceives as reality. Maratta’s understated, monochromatic technique appears deceptively simple, but like the scenes she chooses to depict, there is much more to see than first meets the eye.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.