Susan Rothenberg, The Master, 2008
“In the paintings where it’s there—the tenderness—I work for it. I’m not afraid of it. If I could put my bleeding f*cking heart in there, I would.”
Susan Rothenberg explains how she transforms personal experiences and feelings into works that can become an “emotional moment” for the viewer.
Rothenberg talks about her work in this video from ART 21 on PBS.
Diebenkorn's Ocean Park no. 26
Richard Diebenkorn’s series titled Ocean Park is a testament to the true nature of making abstract work. Achieving this level of balance in painting takes time and fearlessness.
Layer after layer, although the artist didn’t know how the paintings in this series would look in the end – he proceeded and trusted that the images would evolve.
The work in this series needs time to get to know. It’s time that I happily give because the composition, mark-making and colors keep me circling back to want to look, again and again…
Watch this video of Sarah Bancroft, who curated an exhibit of the Ocean Park series, as she talks about Diebenkorn’s work.
Video about Diebenkorn’s Ocean Park Series
Dipped Paper Series
My encaustic paintings are featured alongside the beautiful clothing at Clad In in Providence through April, 2012.
This was an opportunity for me to curate my own work in a unique setting that incorporates one of my other passions – fashion
"Blurred", 2011, Encaustic, oil on panel
The simple clean lines and modern design aesthetic of the garments work well to offset the lines and marks in my abstract, encaustic work.
If you are in Wayland Square, take a look…
Clad In, 497 Angell Street, Providence, RI, 02906
I recently made the connection that the word style is derived from the Latin word “stilus” meaning “stake or pointed instrument which the Romans used for writing on wax tablets”
This immediately intrigued me for two reasons:
Roman Wax tablet and Stilus
1. My paintings are made in large part, with wax.
2. I love seeing and collecting images of people’s individual styles. Whether it be fashion style or their home interior – I can’t get enough of seeing unique style.
Painting by Cy Twombly Painting using marks that resemble handwriting
Just as our mood or purpose might change our writing style – our handwriting always remains distinctively ours. As we change, we change much more than our handwriting. We change our style of dress, handwriting, word choices, home interior – always telling who we are in our own distinct way.
For me, painting is the purist form of personal expression, and seeing as I make my markson and with wax, I, like the Romans, am using mark making to express my style.
Blue Bird with Yellow Chair
One more week and what has been an amazing experience – from working on making all of the work to seeing the show hanging in the gallery – will be coming to a close.
In conjunction with the exhibit, I had the chance to lead an Encaustic Painting workshop for the advanced painting students at URI. For many of the students, it was their first time working with wax as a medium and I have to say – they were fearless! It was exciting for me to see that and for them to get to see how some of the work in the show, was made.
Just about 2 weeks to go! I am so excited to be on the home stretch of preparing for my solo exhibition at the University of Rhode Island!
URI Exhibition info
Opening Receptions: Tuesday, November 15 from 2 – 4 (daytime reception) Thursday, November 17 from 6 – 8 (evening reception)
Given the scale of my work – this has been such a growing experience for me as a painter to face the challenge of showing in a gallery of this size. It has forced me (in a good way) to stretch and play with the medium of encaustic in new ways.
A sneak peak of new work
Yerevan, Armenia -Wall/doorway
My recent trip to Armenia was not only grounding for me as an Armenian visiting my motherland but also as an artist collecting for inspiration and connecting with fellow artists.
Inspiration was everywhere in Armenia -from the stone churches dating back to 500A.D. to this doorway/wall that I passed on the street in Yerevan, Armenia’s capital city -rich with texture and history, like the rest of the country.
At Vernisage, the open – air artist, craft and vintage market, I met up with Edvard Shatinyan, who’s work was a breath of fresh air in the fine art that was for sale. We connected immediately on everything from our feelings about abstract work to working with wax in our paintings. After a lovely studio visit, I was the proud owner of one of his pieces!
For those times when I fear not knowing where the inspiration for my next body of work will come from, Dan Miller’s work is a reminder to me that the most provocative paintings are made when the intention of the artist is simply, to capture a moment in time.
Whether it is a representational landscape or an abstract work, the artist must be completely present for the moment to actually happen and simultaneously be captured.
This work was started by writing the same word over and over…
Dan Miller is part of Creative Growth, an amazing organization that serves adult artists with mental, physical and developmental disabilities by providing them with a professional studio environment in which to make work. Click to learn more about this very cool organization…
I discovered the book Rachel Whiteread Drawings when I was in J.Crew shopping for a T-shirt. The store was using art books (REALLY great ones at that!) as visual props. This was a mistake as far as I was concerned because I was totally disinterested in the clothes and immediately drawn to playing with the “props”.
Anyway, for me, discovering an art book that I’ve not seen before is one of my joys in life. I really like this one because, to me, it’s mostly about gaining inspiration from the mundane, objects all around you, and also about collecting objects that interest you that may later serve as starting points for artwork.
Watch this video to see Whiteread talking about her collecting process…
Rachel Whiteread in her studio