Memories

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Memories

Reverie II   Encaustic 12x12

Reverie II   Encaustic 12x12

Memories is the start of a new series for me for 2016.  It is about what is lost, buried, forgotten, and hence discovered.  I have written a poem to go along with these images.

Reverie IIIEncaustic 24x24

Reverie IIIEncaustic 24x24

Memories

Real or imagined

elusive indicators of love and loss.

Blurred edges in the snow globe of reverie,

forever binding

the layers of thought.

Missing pieces collide in the backdrop of misunderstanding,

Hunger and thirst

banter for first.

We are memories,

often lost,

sometimes rediscovered

in the shadows of murmuring sunlight.

The GreetingEncaustic 8x8

The GreetingEncaustic 8x8

ReverieEncaustic 8x8

ReverieEncaustic 8x8

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Awakenings

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Awakenings

I am still working on the Passage Series and would like to share a few more images with you.  It is typical for me to write prose in conjunction with my work, but for some reason this series is sparking a bit of poetry in me - so I am going with the flow.  Hope you enjoy.

 

"Fountainhead" 12x12 Encaustic

"Fountainhead" 12x12 Encaustic

"Tidal Wave" 20x20 Encaustic

"Tidal Wave" 20x20 Encaustic

Awakenings

Speeding,

Virulent space

Oceans of time

broadening the ever deepness

of love

and space-

infinite time

everywhere

swirling

speaking in tongue

almost audible-

tangible.

Yet it slips away

mumbling

with a fleeting whisper.

"Fountainhead II"  24x24 Encaustic

"Fountainhead II"  24x24 Encaustic

"Wellspring" 12x12 Encaustic

"Wellspring" 12x12 Encaustic

"Just Inside" 24x24 Encaustic

"Just Inside" 24x24 Encaustic

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Passages

It has been a while since my last post, but I have been working hard on a new series called

Passages

. It is completely different in form from the Alter Ego series, but just as exciting. What is similar is the content; it is still about relationships, journeys, and transformations.

Together 24x24 Encaustic

In the Garden 24x24 Encaustic

Passages

old love,

cosmic love

always in motion

without explanation.

relationships for a

reason, a season, or a lifetime,

coming together

touching,

crossing,

repelling,

the landscape reminds me of

a fairytale.

old love,

cosmic love.

gravity sinks in.

journeys evolve.

To Have and To Hold 24x24 Encaustic

Undulations 20x20 Encaustic

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Alter Egos

"Alter Egos" is the title I am giving to my new series of work in Encaustic. The square, box shapes I have been working with in my imagery has been forming a life all its own. Funny though, it is my life. The alter ego is sort of considered the second self in psychology. It is believed to be a personality, separate and distinct from one's original personality. As these forms take shape, I see people birthed right in front of me, yet they are me all the same. This first piece is called The Other Side.



The Other Side Encaustic

This is just a close-up of the painting, but it gives one the idea of "People" on one side and a sole "Person" on the other side. The idea behind this painting goes deeper in me than I can fully explain, but it alludes to the notion that we often think of things on the other side as being greener, more full and lively. Better than what we have at present. And the question I keep revisiting is "Who said it's better?" Why do I or we chase the things that are glitter and gold, why do we as a society in general continually push to have more and better things. Why can't we be happy with the simple and Less is More mentality.



The Other Side II Encaustic

Some who have seen this recent work have commented that "they" look like robots, which I think would be fitting too for my idea. How often do we follow blindly, like a robot, behind the guise of others too afraid to break free and start a fresh path. Are we robots just doing life as it has been programmed for us, as we think we should? Not even thinking of our next action?



Adjoined Encaustic
In the Shadows Encaustic

So besides thinking about whether I am inside or outside of the box and all the connotations that go along with that, I am percolating about creating these other "Kellie's". I hope to create 100 pieces that are of the 8x8 size to all hang together.



Here and There Encaustic

This piece is sort of a reflection of my inclination to always be here or there, or stated more clearly, with the crowd. My thinking is changing as I paint these pieces. I am coming to know that I am a more solitary person that needs to start to beat to the tune of my own drum. What a wonderful way to be able to work this all out in paint! Here is another Painting titled Unity.



Unity
Encaustic

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Blog Hop



"Self III" Encaustic 8x8

I was invited by Debra Claffey, NEW member, to join in on this blog hop. The project consists of answering some questions regarding my art process as well as highlight 3 artists I admire.

My answers to the following questions...

1. What am I working on/writing?

As I continue to work both in encaustic and oil with cold wax, I have been working on a visual language that repeatedly addresses the age old phenomenon of the human condition and personal relationships. In a visual sense, I have been stacking boxes. These boxes at times personify the figure itself. In the encaustic pieces, some of the actual structures seem to fall in on themselves or deteriorate, suggesting relationships that are unstable or uncertain. And when we personify something we give it feelings, thoughts, and emotions - essentially, I am using the box as a metaphor for what happens between humans.

2. How does my work/writing differ from others of its genre?

My work is abstract and continues to be focused on form and color. I think it retains a vivid freshness and sense of drama that seems to set it apart from others.

3. Why do I do what I do?

Nothing makes me more at peace with myself than going into the studio and making art. It feeds my soul. When I am away from it, I think, wonder, and dream of it...until I am in the studio again. It is my sacred space.

4. How does my writing/working process work?

My process is an intuitive one. Intuition is defined as the act of knowing without the use of rational processes. In my work I begin with mark making and laying down color. I respond to these over and over again, and the painting develops. My responses are those of feeling and intuition. It is only in the end that the painting reveals to me what it is trying to say. Even I am surprised at times!

Here is my friend and colleague, Dayna Talbot who is currently working on her MFA!



Dayna Talbot was born near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1954. She has studied at The DeCordova Museum School, Lesley College and Plymouth State University. Dayna received a BFA with distinction from Massachusetts College of Art and is presently working on her MFA at Lesley University College of Art and Design. Her more recent work focuses on printmaking and painting, using oils, acrylics and encaustics as her medium. Through meditations her work conveys the emotion of the landscape with rhythms of color, light and form. Dayna’s work has been exhibited nationally and in many juried group shows, and is included in many private and public collections. The artist lives and works in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

Jeanne Borofsky, also a member of New England Wax, is the most free spirited person I know!



Jeanne Borofsky, BFA, MFA, is internationally recognized, with paintings, prints and drawings in numerous museums and private collections. She was born in New Hampshire, and after several moves settled in Groton, MA with her husband Jerr. They have two grown children. Jeanne has been a practicing artist for over 50 years. She has painted with watercolors, oils, encaustics, rubber stamps and collages, and is a printmaker - traditional, photographic, encaustic & digital. Jeanne is also a part-time Digital Imaging Specialist and graphic designer, and is a past president of New England Wax.

Finally, Kimberly Curry is one of the friendliest people you could ever meet!



Kimberly Curry shows her work of encaustic paintings throughout New England and nationally. She has been invited to participate in many group shows, including the Art Complex Museum, Dyer Museum, Steamboat Springs Art Council, Conrad Wilde Gallery, and 3fish Gallery. Curry received her BS in Interior Design from Wentworth Institute of Technology. She is the chair of the board at Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. Her home and studio are in Portland, Maine.

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Why Boxes?




















Self II 12x12 Encaustic

My blog has been dormant for a while because I have been trying to decipher exactly what it is that I am doing. I have said to friends, "I keep stacking boxes, and I don't know what it means...". Some have implied that I didn't have to know the meaning just yet. So, since I came back from my residency in Vermont I have been developing a new visual language to describe again that age old phenomenon of the human condition and our relationships with ourselves and others. But why boxes?




















Enveloped II 8x8 Encaustic

I think they lend themselves to many things. First off, they tend to resemble the figure itself. But if we think about the box, a box is something we put things in. It is used to separate, to compartmentalize, to create boundaries. We do that with objects, yes. But what about feelings, memories, and thoughts? Are we in a way, "boxes"? In my imagery, these boxes lean on each other. Could these relationships be a supportive leaning or something negative? In the encaustic pieces, some of the actual structures seem to deteriorate, perhaps suggesting dissolving or uncertain relationships.




















Self I 12x12 Encaustic

Then we can think of what is inside verses outside the box. First, are we inside or outside the box? And then who, if anyone, is placing us there and just what does that mean?? Then there is the ritual of stacking the boxes, which suggests obsession and a sense of being overwhelmed. On the other hand, the boxes in these paintings are inclined to balance in space, suggesting a source of strength and stability.




















Merging VII 13x13 Oil on Paper

These are all questions and thoughts that are developing while I continue on this new series of paintings. Hopefully they are little sparks for conversations I can have with myself and others about the promises and inner strengths required to keep in our boxes for the journey ahead. What's in your box?




















Self IV 8x8 Encaustic

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It's Been A While...
















I have spent quite a while preparing for both my two week residency at the Vermont Studio Center and my solo show at Fountain Street Fine Art Gallery in Framingham Massachusetts. In January, I spent time in Vermont, which proved to be one of the most incredible experiences in my career as an artist. Despite the fact that it was record cold temperatures and spitting snow most of the time, it was a beautiful retreat from life. What an honor it was to be able to spend time in an outstanding studio day after day, hour after hour, painting - in my glory! Here are some of the studio shots...
















Did I mention...the food was incredible! Breakfast, lunch, dinner - Fabulous. Coffee, available around the clock. Supply store, coffee shop, and book store all within walking distance. In the evenings there were presentations from both the residents and the visiting artists and writers. Creativity was at your every step. The Center also had visiting artists and writers who provided critiques for the residents...which I found thought provoking and stimulating. Here I am with some of the new work which I hope to post soon.
















Oh, and you couldn't beat the view from my studio windows!

















Then I came back home and it took me a while to get back to reality. I was living in such a bubble in Vermont, it was great, but now it was time to get back to life as it really is. I had my upcoming show to attend to; pess releases, postcards, emails, phone calls, all those things I avoided while I was gone. But all of my hard work throughout the last year paid off. With an article in the Globe a few days before my show reception, and a great collaborative installation, I was finally able to enjoy my work. Here are some photos from the opening...


















Success!


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Second Chances




















"Just This Once" 14x14 Encaustic

These two paintings are about time and its fleeting nature; we cannot grasp it, hold on to it. We need to enjoy every second that we have because we don't know if we will get a second chance in this life. The fact that there are two paintings titled "Just This Once" is but a paradox perhaps tricking us into thinking that we have extra time, or time to do things over, but the time is now!


Seize the Day!




















"Just This Once II" 14x14 Encaustic

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Chance or meant to be?




















"Circumstance" 24x24 Encaustic

How much in life happens by chance? Or perhaps it was always meant to be... In the painting "Circumstance", a lot of the linear devices deliver the viewer through the work from one space to the next, from the top to the bottom. Yet there are many interruptions along the way...much like what happens in life. I have included this painting in my series "Fabrications" because it is about building and transition. But I question the idea of building; we make plans and we construct our lives and in my experience, most often these plans are frequently thwarted and it makes me think- Maybe there is a divine plan, a bigger picture...when I force my will, things don't work as I expect. I find my plan is always being interrupted for circumstance; yet is it chance, or was it meant to be? Or is there really a difference between the two? Perhaps they are one in the same. We can build so much on our own and the rest is left to, well, you decide...



















"With Reservation" 30x30 Encaustic

This painting is very simple and to the point for me. Things in this piece seem to be spilling out, and in my experience in life, when I withhold things and keep my emotions inside of myself, things have a tendency of spilling over. There needs to be a fine balance between the things we share and the things we hold so that nothing is lost or compromised.

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For the time being...




















"Transformation" 24x24 Encaustic

This painting is about self awareness and self consciousness. The idea that through the smoky haze of life there are still structures and boundaries, there is still light, but things are not always clear. We need to search through the fog to build our own language of transformation and sublimation. We need to take risks and let go in order to grow in this life - oh, and make lots of mistakes!




















"Meanwhile" 20x20 Encaustic

This work is about mending fences, in a metaphorical sense. Or you could say forgiveness. The question is, what does one do to maintain simplicity and encompass the light of the world, while still holding on to the darkness? In order to mend fences that darkness must fade over time. But meanwhile...the two can be nurtured in a mature, loving fashion.

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The Things Closest to Us



"Forgiving I" Encaustic 18x18, "Forgiving II" Encaustic 18x18, "Forgiving III" Encaustic 18x18, "Forgiving IV" Encaustic 30x30

The thing about being human is that we make mistakes. People fail each other. But it is what we do with it that makes the difference. These paintings, titled, Forgiving, I, II, III, and IV are just about that. I have to point out the irony about my process of painting. It is a very internal, intuitive process. It isn't until I am finished with a piece or a series of pieces that I realize just what they are about. Such was the case with these. Immediately upon completion I understood that these paintings were about my processing an idea called forgiveness. Now, forgiveness doesn't happen all at once, I think it happens in stages, thus the reason for more that just one painting. Sometimes one goes through a stage of forgiving, and then takes some of it back. In my experience, it's tricky. And, the colors are no coincidence either. These colors of blue and orange, those opposite on the color wheel, signify hot rage and its opposite, cool absolution. I think I hold them together in my heart, and I wait patiently for the scales to tip into the blue, for I am human too.

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Building




"She Spoke" 30x30 Encaustic: This painting is part of a larger series called Fabrications. "She Spoke" refers to the conversations we have when we speak about our lives. We create stories, in a sense. Each mark is a building block in our story. Some stories are built out of love and truth, while others are built out of lies and deception. But these conversations build and break down all around us. Some remain blurry,but they are constantly being fabricated.



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"Transitions"....12x12 Encaustic...is about feelings of wonder, confusion, and plainly being struck off-balance. Passing from one state to another, life is full of transitions. It has been my recent observation that, our constructions, if based completely on feelings will lead us astray. Transitions come to us when we see the need for truth and authenticity.






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Fleeting...

Ledges I and II are titled so because of where I find myself these days, at the precipice, the edge, looking onward. The green that is bleeding through to the front of the paintings represents the growth and opportunity that is presenting itself in my life today. But mixed in with these mounting possibilities comes risk, fear, and vulnerability, hence the red. If I don't cross over that ledge, or jump, I will not find what's on the other side waiting for me, the unknown- captured in the white. But it is important to forge ahead and trust in the universe and its plan for me. Time is fleeting, moments come and go. Things are forever changing. Boundaries are crossed, even broken. Things are born, and things expire. Sometimes it seems that nothing is ever really tangible. But I believe that in this transience there is a place for love and humanity and that no matter what happens in my life, looking over that ledge doesn't have to be a solitary experience.
"Transient" 30x30 Encaustic

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Darkness Made Visible

                                     "Apparition I" 30x30 Encaustic

I originally started these paintings as a side exploration.  I was reading the book, Black: The History of a Color, by Michel Pastoureau when I decided I wanted to work with black and shades thereof.  Nothing happens by accident!  I chose my color palette, as I always do when I begin a painting...and it is typical that the painting only reveals itself to me at the very end.  So it was with this first painting.  I laid down the final mark and stepped away.  Much to my surprise, I saw the figure of a woman's body!  I could not deny it.  I called it Apparition because not only was it something or someone appearing to me it was something becoming visible, a truth, a reality.  It haunted me.  So I decided to create the next painting.

 
                                   "Apparition II"  30x30 Encaustic

My color choices, black, graphite grey, buff titanium, and light blue with a hint of brown pink, helped to give the paintings this ethereal look.  I continued to search for the person or truth that was trying to make itself known to me.  Between the time it took for me to paint the second and third painting, the darkness was made visible.  I just had to listen for it to be revealed.

                                  "Apparition III"  30x30  Encaustic

By the completion of the third painting, all was illuminated for me.  I am in a place of comfort and satisfaction in my life.  I know what I want and what I will do to get it.  I know who's important to me and who is just a passing phase.  I am in search of all that is true in life, in all beings and things.  Join me if you will....

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                                       "Undergrowth"  30x30  Encaustic

Undergrowth is any vegetation in the forest that obstructs the passage through that said forest.  This painting is about the things in life that stunt our progress and growth.  It is about the little things that we don't necessarily see or feel that are happening at a most basic level, unbeknownst to us.  The canopy could be flourishing but there is still brush getting in the way.  It could be a bad habit, a person, place, or thing...causing us to go off track or get lost.  We weren't given directions.  We need to trust in the "forest", our community, that we will find the way.

                                       "Abundance"  30x30  Encaustic

It is sort of funny that this painting immediately follows Undergrowth.  Despite the fact that we were not given a roadmap, we were provided with all the necessary tools that are needed to get through this life.  I believe that if take the time to pause and listen to the ultimate source of things, we will get our direction.  Life is full.  Life is abundant.  Everything we need is right here at our fingertips.  Live.  Laugh.  Love.

                                          

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                                             "Wistful"  30x30  Encaustic

I like "Wistful" because it is sort of a conundrum.  It is pretty on the outside but really spinning out of control upon closer inspection.  The painting is about vague yearnings and disconnectedness.  Despite the airy, bubbly feel the work exudes, none of the lines in the painting, although very active, ever connect.  I think I can make this leap into how I and perhaps many of us have at one point or another have dealt with situations in life.  How often do we put on a pretty face, a facade, when the inside is crumbling?  How often do we show our true desires or our lack of satisfaction?  All the extras- clothes, make-up, perfect hair or body, they don't add up to understanding and true, ultimate satisfaction.  I strive in my life to come to the center and recognize my desires and present the true me.

                           "Through the Course of Time"  30x30  Encaustic

This painting is simply about opportunity and relationships.  It is my belief that over time things will happen as they are supposed to and not how we will them to.  There are no coincidences in life, things come together as they are meant to.  Despite all of our best efforts, the universe has the last laugh!

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"I Dreamt of Red" 30x30 Encaustic


I will be showing at NK Gallery with other artists- Tracy Spadafora, Heather Hilton, and Kathy Halamka.  All works include encaustic in some way.  The show is from June 29th through July 20th, with a reception on July 6th, from 5-8pm.  Please join me in celebrating this new work!

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                                            Crossing 30x24  Encaustic

Crossing…this is almost a painting that is offered as a rhetorical question.  It is a precursor to the next painting UndercurrentCrossing is about a shift, a going to the other side...what’s on the other side…opportunity, curiosity, good/ bad?  What about the crossing or the thing crossed on?   Is there risk?  What about falling or failing?  Is there much contemplation? Are we alone? With others? Alive or dead?  Are we moving from a place of safety to a place of uncertainty….a place where there are risks to be taken, but where I have to trust my inner sanctity?  Can I ask others, or is it a time where I have to be self-reliant?  Must I cross alone?

                                          Undercurrent 30x30  Encaustic

Undercurrent is the pulse of the universe in my blood…it gives me my character and stamina. It is what drives me mentally and physically. It is what I use to filter the people, places, and things that distract me from my internal goals. We can usually tell when we are going against this undercurrent…internal dialogue is confused, perhaps speaking a different language, our actions are ill intentioned, and things just aren’t right. We could go on like this for a long time, for some it could last a life time.  I would go so far as to call it the soul.  Some never get in touch with this part of themselves, perhaps a tragedy. Some find it late in life…some are addicted, conflicted and abused and never have the opportunity to tap into that current of their life that could offer them meaning on a whole different level.  I believe it necessary to cross, to be self- reliant when we need to be. We are not separate from the world, we are interconnected with it. There are those who would never think of the soul, and those who resist the undercurrent…but no matter how hard we try to separate the two, it cannot be done. One affects all. And when we are gone, I believe the current continues.  Are you in touch with yours?  Where is it Crossing?

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Desire and Action

                                          Latitude 30x30 Encaustic


I think freedom is a falsity, perhaps just an illusion. More like a restraint, no? Being autonomous, when I consider the freedoms I allow myself, which pale in comparison to the restraints that I place on myself as an artist, as a woman, as a human being, I realize I deny my human desires, wants, and pleasures which come wrought with anxiety in exchange for repetition, safety and comfort. But is it truly helping me to exist in a world where things are the same and liberty is coloring in the lines? What would happen if I took that trail instead? What would happen if I expressed this thought in another medium? What would happen if I truly let go? There is much fear that that freedom would lead to chaos, thus becoming the opposite of its intent. Then we place restrictions on ourselves. But I have to learn to give myself Latitude. Latitude to create and live beyond what I allow myself. Try new things. Ask questions. See more. Desire. Want. Drink of Life.



                                          Folds in Time 30x30 Encaustic

Folds in Time is also very elemental and basic. It is about the peeling back of ancestral layers of time and history to reveal what has always been. The folds, or creases can never be erased, denied, or ironed out. It speaks of the human condition and of all things passed down from generation to generation. It relates to Latitude in the sense that, freedom, a very human trait, has a very generational definition from person to person or culture to culture. We must peal these layers back in order to get to the truth.

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Dreaming...

"I Dreamt of Red II"




I wanted to present these two paintings which are a part of a relatively new series, and I have been trying to find the words to express exactly what they mean.  The problem is, I often paint because I don't have the words.  What is dreaming really?  Do we dream about our desires that go unfulfilled?  Of the future?  Fantasy?  Things we want but can't have?  Friends, love, companionship?  And what about the difference between a daydream and a dream we have while not fully concious?  I often think my dreams are in red, a color of fire, passion, love, and desire. 

"I Dreamt of Red"

These are the colors of my spirit.  The words sometimes follow, sometimes do not.  I paint to speak and I dream in Red. 

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