CAROL BRODY: ENCAUSTIC PAINTINGS
SEPTEMBER 1 - OCTOBER 1
OPENING RECEPTION: SATURDAY, SEPT. 2, 3-6 PM
As with the other media Carol Brody has in her creative toolbox, encaustic painting is an opportunity to search for patterns, colors and forms in her surroundings. Ceramics, watercolor, photography, jewelry and digital media have all provided occasion for exploration but, in the process of working with hot wax, she has found a deeper connection to nature.
Used as a sealant for ships in ancient times, encaustic, which means to burn in, has enjoyed a renaissance with contemporary artists who have found that it is a perfect medium for creative exploration. A combination of beeswax, damar resin and pigments are used with a heat source in a large range of techniques and a wide variety of stylistic possibilities from portraiture like the early Etruscans to modern abstraction as in the work of Carol Brody.
“During the process, something happens. A direction to follow unfolds. I respond to the space between intention and accident that occurs in art making as the process reveals new possibilities. I explore the tension between opposites: structure versus spontaneity, hard versus soft, amorphous versus linear.”