Nationally recognized artist Jane Allen Nodine will present new work during November at the Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg. “Thermal Response” is a selection of work developed over the past three years using encaustic wax, a mixture of beeswax and resin. Encaustic wax has a long history of applications dating back to the Fayum mummy portraits of Egypt from 100 – 300 AD. The work takes a magnified look at surfaces and patterns that develop in nature, particularly in thick liquids. The adhesive quality of the hot molten wax is central to many of the pooling patterns cast and cooled into rigid layers. Colors in the work reflect the nature and the transformation process in aging.
From Nodine’s statement: “After many years of using acrylic-based mediums, I became dissatisfied with the synthetic and plastic barrier quality of the material. Seeking a more satisfying solution, I came to wax for its aesthetic qualities and properties of malleability. I was drawn to the cerebral and physiological breadth of beeswax that has a rich history of application, symbolism, mystique and direct ties to the natural world.”
The exhibition opens Nov. 1 with a free public reception (5:30 – 8 p.m.) and artist talk (7 p.m.) and runs until Nov. 27.
Visit the Chapman Cultural Center’s website for details.
Nodine’s work is also included in two exhibitions in North Carolina. “Wax Foundations: Encaustic in the Southeast” is the first encaustic exhibition to be presented at Meredith College in Raleigh. The exhibition runs through Oct. 28. “Heated Exchange: Contemporary Encaustic” is being shown at Upstairs Artspace in Tryon through Nov. 17 and features 11 of the nation’s most renowned and cutting-edge encaustic artists. On Nov. 10, Nodine will lead a workshop called “Working with Wax Resists, Inks and Dyes.” More information about the show and this workshop is available at www.upstairsartspace.org.
About Jane Allen Nodine
Nodine is professor of art and director of the Curtis R. Harley Gallery at the University of South Carolina Upstate. Recognized with numerous awards, Nodine received an NEA/SECCA Southeastern Seven IV Fellowship from the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art and two South Carolina Arts Commission Artist Fellowships. In 2002 she was awarded a Belle W. Baruch Visiting Scholar Fellowship to Hobcaw Barony Plantation in Georgetown, S.C. Nodine’s work is included in numerous collections including the Medical University of South Carolina, Equitable Life Assurance Society, Stadtsparkasse Bank – Germany and the South Carolina State Art Collection. In 1999 she was selected by the South Carolina State Museum and the South Carolina Arts Commission as one of the One Hundred Most Significant Artists in South Carolina During the 20th Century.
Via: Chapman Cultural Center and Jane Allen Nodine