Being There

Thrilled to post this critique of my work by one of my former professors: Jeanine Coupe Ryding  Adjunct Associate Professor School of the Art Institute of Chicago Caty Forden’s recent paintings focus on modern Berlin. We see rectangular structures that loom in the city scape, factories turned into condos, the spaces around them such as […]

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I Colori della Luce

Very happy to share that my work has been featured in the Italian online magazine Hestetika. Check it out at: https://www.hestetika.it/caty-forden-i-colori-della-luce/

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Rising

This recent painting of a nearby controversial construction site found a new home before I had a chance to post it! I painted it from a series of sketches and photos I made on Rigaer Strasse which runs east-west in the block behind my studio. Historically a zone known for its occupied dwellings and anarchy […]

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Flow

After a lazy morning getting the most out of the morning sun on my east facing balcony, I walked down my favorite avenue in all of Berlin – Karl Marx Allee – to Alexanderstraße where construction has begun for the “tallest building in Berlin.” In the late afternoon light, a few cranes dangled their hooks […]

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Plattenbau

What I like most about Berlin is its variety of people, food, and architectural styles from different eras coexisting side by side on the same streets. I constantly have to stop to admire the lovingly restored turn of the century Altbau apartment buildings with their Jugendstil decorative motifs and elegant foyers leading into the hidden […]

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Waiting and Isolation – Urban Watercolors

On a recent trip to Italy we spent some time on local trains visiting family outside of Milano – stopping at every small town, sometimes waiting for what felt like forever while the sun shone down on miles of tracks, concrete, and empty stations. Sometimes the flat expanse was interrupted only by isolated apartment blocks […]

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Zig-Zag

While traveling to Italy I stopped in Nürnberg and visited the Neues Museum. One piece, “Later…,” by Dutch artist Edwin Zwakman, depicts towering apartment blocks dominating a flat space with a series of man-made reflecting pools disappearing into a background of mist. The endless repetition of balconies, windows, and vertical supports begs scrutiny and the […]

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Heat Wave

This week I experienced one of those inevitable lows in the creative process. A painting I had recently begun with high hopes suddenly felt directionless and repetitive. The oil paint became sluggish and unmalleable in Berlin’s unexpected heat wave, along with my own willpower. Seeking inspiration and an escape from negativity, I looked back at […]

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Waterside Living

I’ve been thinking a lot about the painter Robert Henri lately. Robert Henri helped found the Ashcan School of American realism and taught at the Art Student League in New York. The Art Sprit, a compilation of his lectures edited by former student Margery Ryerson, remains just as fresh and timeless today as when it […]

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Retro-fitted

I have been uncertain about how to paint this former department store (Galeria Kaufhof) located behind Ostbahnhof in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg. The brightly colored panels and opaque windows first caught my attention on a typical Berlin winter day when everything seemed once again closed and impenetrable. As I worked, I went back and forth between loose washes […]

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