Karen Wilberding Diefenbach is an American artist.
She studied at the University of California Los Angeles in Seventies, the, in 1985, she attended the San Francisco Art Institute (San Francisco, California).In 1980 she inaugurated her first solo exhibition Karen Wilberding: Paintings & Sculpture at the Brownson Art Gallery in Purchase (NY). In 1983 she took part in two collective exhibitions: at Castro Market Place and at Diego Riviera Gallery, both based in San Francisco. Then she participated in many other group and solo exhibitions in America, such as: at J.Noblett Gallery in Sonoma (CA) in 1988, at SEIPP Gallery in Palo Alto (CA) in 1991, at Jernigan Wicker Fine Arts in San Francisco in 1995 and 1998.
In 1999 she inaugurated her first solo exhibition in Europe: Olive Trees & Pecore at Galerie Janos in Paris. In the following years she continued to show her artoworks in many personal exhibitions such as: Sunset Publishing Corporation in Menlo Park (CA) in 2000, at Bobbie Greenfield Gallery in Santa Monica (CA) in 2007, at ARIA Art Gallery in Florence (Italy) in 2010 with the exhibition titled Silente-The Inner Dialogue, at the Italian Cultural Institute in San Francisco in 2012 and at Barbara Mathes Gallery in New York City in 2014. Here, in the Barbara Mathes Gallery, she took part in three collective exhibitions: Summer Selections and Master Drawings both in 2015 and Modern Lanscape in 2016. The same Gallery based in New York City showed her artworks in the exhibition Dreams of Lucca in 2018.
The artist produces bronze works inspired by a rare breed of massese ever seen in the Tuscan hills above the town of Camaiore. The Massese sheep sculptures balance themes of continuity with a distinctly modernist handling of materials. Sculptures have names that refer to classical music: Adagio, Delicate, Slow, Amiable and Sweet. In the view of the American artist, in fact, works reflect the rhythms and seasons of life, she came to see the sheep as a metaphor for the persistence of tradition: out of time, they gaze through the season as they have done for countless centuries. Bronze sheeps represent a specific moment that will change, represented with a quiet dignity as reflection on time and resistance.
A consideration of temporality and continuity can also be seen in Karen Dieferbach’s spare oil paintings of trees. The linearity and graphic clarity of the forms recalls Symbolism.