| . . . Strong vertical and arching lines or repeated, short
horizontal or diagonal lines energize her canvases . . . these are places
that don't exist. Yet they seem unquestionably familiar, like
shards of yellow that stream through the shadowy recesses of the forest
in bending light, welcoming our eyes to this secluded
retreat . . . These paintings stand on the threshold of entropy, a place
where disorder is neither threatening nor disarming, but instead, a
thing of beauty.
Sara Grusin, Museum & Arts Washington
. . . her
images draw the viewer into dense worlds of form and color and contort
our perceptions of scale and distance . . . What is initially seen in the
far distance jumps forward to the surface plane. What, at first,
seems merely a curved brightly colored brush stroke takes on tremendous
speed and whips the imagination from the depths of a Wishing Well to
the sky reflected on its surface, or into the back of a
Eye . . . Her mysterious thickets and bottomless pools of water .
. . recall the
archetypal forests and magical wishing wells embedded deep within our
psyches. If you look long and hard enough at Haden's work, you'll
swear you can smell the mossy richness at their core.
Gilbard, Grimaldi Museum (Haut de Cagnes, France) exhibition catalog
Bending Light, acrylic on canvas
48" x 48" (122 cm. x 123 cm.)