Project Description

Swept Away: Translucence, Transparence, Transcendence in Contemporary Encaustic

May 18–September 7, 2014

Thirty artists nationwide demonstrate the incredible visual possibilities of working with encaustic, the technique of using heated and melted pigmented beeswax to create art. The exhibition includes paintings, prints, collage and sculptural works that show how artists are taking this ancient process in new directions.

This exhibition offers an extraordinary range of expression and allows viewers to discover how luminosity plays a vital role for artists who work with encaustic. Wax lends the appearance of holding the light momentarily before releasing it, giving the viewer the sensation of seeing light suspended.

Image credits
• Lynda Ray, Fracture, 2012, encaustic on panel, 36” x 48”

• Lynn Basa, Pansy Riot, 2012, oil and beeswax on panel, 24” x 36”, photo by Tom van Eynde

David A. Clark, Color Up, 2012, 9 encaustic monoprints on Rives Lightweight, 79” x 61″ x 1″