In the past year, we've experienced some incredible celestial phenomenon over the Rocky Mountains. Starting in August, 2017 with the Great American Solar Eclipse and more recently in January 2018 with the double Super Moons and a Lunar Eclipse. The quality of this extraordinary light over the Western high altitude landscape inspired to me to illuminate my mountains in ethereal baths of energetic light.
In LUMINOUS MOUNTAINOUS, I explore how the color-rich gradient of sky light under dramatic conditions in the Western region effects the perception, depth, mood and experience of familiar alpine and desert basin formations. Using saturated and desaturated color palettes, simulated geological rock textures and actual crushed minerals sourced from an Arizona Mining company - such as Fools Gold and Pink Granite embedded into the painting surface, these new mountainous worlds will emerge and float suspended in a peaceful, dream-like state of consciousness.
This collection of work was presented in a solo exhibition “Luminous Mountainous” at K Contemporary in Denver, Colorado in July 2018. Several pieces were also shown at Art Aspen and Denver Place that same year.
The solo show was reviewed by Michael Paglia, art critic for WESTWORD:
"Pretty much all of the paintings here are large, and some are enormous: The multi-panel, billboard-sized “Colorado River Flow” is over twelve feet across. The various shapes splayed across the three panels do not represent a literal landscape, and this is especially true across the bottom, where the elements seem to have been freely associated. Winkler conjures the illusion of the landscape through the tight margins of the various parts, especially across the tops of the compositions, which read like mountain ranges set against the skies. Her repeated use of horizontal elements stacked on top of one another successfully suggests the idea of a scenic view without specifically referring to it. Taking all these attributes into account, I realized that Winkler was right: Her paintings are abstractions and, technically speaking, not actually representations of external reality." - Michael Paglia, Westword, July 2018