Sunday, September 14, 2014

Blog Hop

"Self III" Encaustic 8x8

I was invited by Debra Claffey, NEW member, to join in on this blog hop. The project consists of answering some questions regarding my art process as well as highlight 3 artists I admire.

My answers to the following questions...

1. What am I working on/writing?

As I continue to work both in encaustic and oil with cold wax, I have been working on a visual language that repeatedly addresses the age old phenomenon of the human condition and personal relationships. In a visual sense, I have been stacking boxes. These boxes at times personify the figure itself. In the encaustic pieces, some of the actual structures seem to fall in on themselves or deteriorate, suggesting relationships that are unstable or uncertain. And when we personify something we give it feelings, thoughts, and emotions - essentially, I am using the box as a metaphor for what happens between humans.

2. How does my work/writing differ from others of its genre?

My work is abstract and continues to be focused on form and color. I think it retains a vivid freshness and sense of drama that seems to set it apart from others.

3. Why do I do what I do?

Nothing makes me more at peace with myself than going into the studio and making art. It feeds my soul. When I am away from it, I think, wonder, and dream of it...until I am in the studio again. It is my sacred space.

4. How does my writing/working process work?

My process is an intuitive one. Intuition is defined as the act of knowing without the use of rational processes. In my work I begin with mark making and laying down color. I respond to these over and over again, and the painting develops. My responses are those of feeling and intuition. It is only in the end that the painting reveals to me what it is trying to say. Even I am surprised at times!

Here is my friend and colleague, Dayna Talbot who is currently working on her MFA!

Dayna Talbot was born near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1954. She has studied at The DeCordova Museum School, Lesley College and Plymouth State University. Dayna received a BFA with distinction from Massachusetts College of Art and is presently working on her MFA at Lesley University College of Art and Design. Her more recent work focuses on printmaking and painting, using oils, acrylics and encaustics as her medium. Through meditations her work conveys the emotion of the landscape with rhythms of color, light and form. Dayna’s work has been exhibited nationally and in many juried group shows, and is included in many private and public collections. The artist lives and works in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

Jeanne Borofsky, also a member of New England Wax, is the most free spirited person I know!

Jeanne Borofsky, BFA, MFA, is internationally recognized, with paintings, prints and drawings in numerous museums and private collections. She was born in New Hampshire, and after several moves settled in Groton, MA with her husband Jerr. They have two grown children. Jeanne has been a practicing artist for over 50 years. She has painted with watercolors, oils, encaustics, rubber stamps and collages, and is a printmaker - traditional, photographic, encaustic & digital. Jeanne is also a part-time Digital Imaging Specialist and graphic designer, and is a past president of New England Wax.

Finally, Kimberly Curry is one of the friendliest people you could ever meet!

Kimberly Curry shows her work of encaustic paintings throughout New England and nationally. She has been invited to participate in many group shows, including the Art Complex Museum, Dyer Museum, Steamboat Springs Art Council, Conrad Wilde Gallery, and 3fish Gallery. Curry received her BS in Interior Design from Wentworth Institute of Technology. She is the chair of the board at Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. Her home and studio are in Portland, Maine.