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Arden Bendler Browning received a MFA from Tyler School of Art, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania in 2003. Prior to that she studied at Temple University Rome, Italy, and Sydney College of the Arts, Australia.
Browning’s wall-size paintings centre on the idea that human experience is a mess and overlapping reflections and memories, all of which cloud the present. And background noise competes for our attention, too, while we form these muddled impressions.
She collects reference imagery from actual and virtual meandering around fridge neighborhoods in Philadelphia, her current home. Using Street View on Google Maps, she jumps around and absorbs impressions of space complete with the inherent distortions of low-resolution snapshots that make places appear rippled and blurred.
These virtual walks she likens to the sensation a diver has when resurfacing. ‘I often find myself lost and need to zoom out of a street view to an aerial view for navigation. No matter how closely I zoom in on a space, the truest details are inaccessible,’ she says.
Browning’s work has been exhibited extensively across the United States.
"Just phenomenal talent with paint, scale and a subject matter that draws you in. I love the combination of complete abstraction and subject matter that evoke memories overlapping one another. I get a constant feeling of confusion and recognition, satisfaction and being lost. Would love to own one of her small watercolors."