It’s easy to draw a parallel between the artist and her characters, those mysterious human figures who seem to be emerging from a dream. Some look pensive, as in Ocean of Fire (2015) and Harvest of Silence (2015). Others, like in Heard it All Before (2015) and Dreams of Your Leaving (2015), look troubled, or downright lost. Almost all of the figures in Kolb’s paintings strike a similar pose: humble, with hands in pockets.
“I don’t approach the canvas with a particular image in my mind. I go to it with pigment in my hands and do something to that piece of material in front of me…Sometimes the painting becomes the answer—in other words, I am not trying to prove anything. I am the one who is learning,” she has said. With each canvas she creates, she seems to articulate something about the fragility and unpredictability of the human condition.