Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Caryl Gordon at The Encaustic Center

Caryl Gordon

Redefining Nature

Opening Reception
Friday, February 19th, 2010
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Caryl will be doing an encaustic wax demonstration of her collaging process incorporating some of her original materials at 7:00

The encaustics evolved from the monoprints I have been creating over the past 14 years. They are essentially collages using wax as an adherent. I also use the wax to paint areas of the collage. When I construct my monoprints, I often use found objects of flat metal, plastic or wood with unusual textures and shapes to emboss my plates. I now use these same textures and shapes in my encaustics in a variety of ways. Sometimes, I will cut up my monoprints to basically recycle them, using the chosen portions for collage purposes. In addition, I make my own fabric designs on raw canvas using the before-mentioned found objects as stencils, spray painting the canvas with fabric dyes. I use these pieces of cloth in my collages as well. In fact, I use whatever I can find that interests me, a real recycling endeavor, for collaging, stenciling, stamping, tracing, etc. I have been a fine art printmaker since 1996, making mostly monoprints in my home studio in Plano,Texas. I started my art education at the Art Student's League in New York City during high school, studied a year at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts and received my BFA from The Cooper Union School of Art and Architecture in New York City in 1975. After four children and a freelance photography business, I went back to my art full time. Since then, my prints have been in juried shows in museums, galleries, universities and art centers all over the country. Just last year I discovered The Encaustic Center in Richardson, Texas and my passion for encaustics came alive! I am tremendously excited by what is for me a new medium, and I hope y'all enjoy looking at my encaustic collage/paintings as much as I have enjoyed creating them!

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