Katherine Muench
The Finishing Touch

Katherine Muench is an artist from Maine who has devoted thirty-five years of her life to the creation of her own brand of nativity figures.  The overall impression suggested is one of unfinished finish.  All of these figures attract the eye of the beholder, thanks to their bright colors and shining varnish.  At close inspection, the smooth surfaces reveal a different reality and convey a typical message. Facial expression, the extremity of the members, even the contours of the various color fields remain distinctly unfinished.  Intentional or not, the suggestion is that however smooth the surface of the persona, our inner being is begging for the finishing touch by the hand of a master artist.  Christmas has been compared to the beginning of a new creation, the God-man Jesus being its master artist

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