HVAW – New Show Opening! Poetic Wax

artist: Larraine Seiden and Judith Williams ~ Poetic Wax, paintings

POETIC WAX features the work of artists Judith Williams and Larraine Seiden.  Both artists paint using Encaustic, a technique originated by the Ancient Greeks. Encaustic is derived from the Greek word encaustikos, “to burn in.”  The paint is composed of beeswax, resin (sap from trees), and pigment particles. These ingredients are melted together at 200 degrees and applied to panels in a molten state with a brush.

Judith and Larraine both incorporate collage with papers, found and collected mementos, segments from journals, grocery lists, and receipts, among other items. Using the transparent beauty of wax, they layer and arrange these elements.  The resulting images are a poetic mix of words, color, and images, with the hauntingly beautiful effect of the encaustic process lifting the work and transporting the viewer into another realm.

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Exhibition runs May 5 – 27, 2019 at Hayes Valley Art Works (HVAW)
HVAW Hours: Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, 11 am-4 pm.