Katja van den Enden is a German-born artist living and working just North of Toronto. Her practice includes mixed media painting, drawing, collage and sculpture. Her work has been exhibited in public and private galleries since 2002. Among these galleries are Gardiner Museum store, Latcham Gallery, Quest Gallery, the Art Gallery of Mississauga, Gallery 1313, Orillia Museum of Art and History, the McKay Art Centre, John B. Aird Gallery. Katja is a two-time finalist of the Quest Gallery TD Wealth Art Prize (2018/2019) and a multiple grant recipient of the Ontario Art Council.
Katja works at the intersection of materiality and consciousness. Her curiosity centres around themes of connectivity, fragility, impermanence, and the intangible.
Through experimentation she searches for new visual vocabulary within the material, often using processes much like those found in nature: sedimentation, erosion, and accumulation.
After over a decade of experimenting with resin and its different applications KatjaI turned to clay in recent years and the fusion of clay with other materials such as organic matter, metal and fibre. Clay intrigues Katja both as a historic art material and the art material of her youth. The most fascinating aspect of clay is its immediacy though as its almost an extension of the artist.
Katja uses a special stone clay imported from Japan that mixes marble dust into it, giving it particular elasticity and thinness.