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February 2014

Columbia College in Columbia, SC, Offers Works by Jane Allen Nodine

Columbia College in Columbia, SC, will present, Thermal Response: Encaustic Works by Jane Allen Nodine, on view in the Goodall Gallery of the Spears Center for the Arts, from Feb. 21 through Mar. 23, 2014. A reception will be held on Feb. 21, from 6-8pm.

The show will feature Nodine’s current works of encaustic painting on panel and prints of encaustic monotypes that contain wax, pigment, graphite on Japanese rice paper.

After many years of using acrylic based mediums Nodine became dissatisfied with the synthetic and plastic barrier quality of the material. Seeking a more satisfying solution, she came to wax for its malleability and aesthetic qualities, “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,” says Nodine, who began using the process of heated-wax, Encaustic to create work. The term Encaustic itself is derived from the Greek work, “Enkaustikos” which means “to heat” or “to burn.” The medium consists of beeswax mixed with resin to impart hardness, which can embed various marks, materials, textures and pigments. Encaustic paint can cool in minutes allowing additional layers to be added quickly, building low or high surfaces that can be carved, molded or shaped.

Nodine’s current work uses the encaustic medium to “take a magnified look at surfaces and patterns that develop in nature, particularly in thick liquids. Viscid, having an adhesive and sticky quality, is central to many of the pooling patterns cast in molten hot wax and cooled into rigid layers. Colors reflect elements of the natural world and the transformation of aging,” says Nodine.

Additionally, Nodine works with the central theme of Memory, “as related to record, trace elements, or the vestige of some past… [resulting] in various forms that may be objective or non-objective.” Through the process of the encaustic, the building and unfolding of the work is all in the details, “Attention to surface with detailed foundation layers places an emphasis on the appearance of work…[to] reveal ideas and images that emerge in both anticipated and unexpected ways, but destination is never the same twice. There is no map, no definitive ending or preconceived plan of travel, only a sense that something waits to be revealed,” says Nodine.

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings, call Jackie Adams at 803/786-3899 or visit (www.columbiasc.edu/goodallgallery).

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