Feature Articles

September 2013

Greenville Technical College in Taylors and Greenville, SC, Features Works by Jane Nodine

Greenville Technical College in Greer and Greenville, SC, will present a single exhibition, Jane Nodine - Thermal Response, on view at two locations: RIVERWORKS Gallery in downtown Greenville and in the Visual and the Performing Arts Department galleries on the Greer Campus. The exhibit will be on view in each location from Sept. 6 through Oct. 13, 2013. A reception will be held at RIVERWORKS on Sept. 6, from 6-9pm and at the Greer Campus Galleries on Sept. 19, beginning at 4:30pm.

Jane Nodine’s encaustic paintings in Thermal Response ebb and flow through conventional descriptions of painting and relief sculpture just as the encaustic medium itself flows onto and across her surfaces. Nodine, in the tradition of ancient Egyptian mummy paintings, utilizes heat, beeswax, and contemporary technology to fossilize memories and traces of thoughts. Like amber, Thermal Response reverently preserves a single moment, image, thought.

Nodine both constructs and excavates as she composes. She often begins with metal pieces that over time and with moisture leave an iron oxide print or photogram on the initial surface. Then she layers beeswax laced with resin on top utilizing a torch to shape the flow. These layers can be carved, scratched and then topped with more layers of encaustic concluding with a final polish. The surfaces of Thermal Response remember their viscous beginnings and invite us to reverse the process and excavate the layers retracing the marks, the flow.

Jane Allen Nodine is Assistant Chair of Fine Arts and Communication Studies at the University of South Carolina Upstate and director of the Curtis R. Harley Gallery. Prior to joining the University, she owned and operated Jane Nodine Hardwear, a full-service jewelry design and manufacturing company. 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.

Nodine’s career spans several decades, and 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.

RIVERWORKS Gallery is operated by and for the faculty and students of the Visual and Performing Arts Department at Greenville Technical College. The gallery is located along the scenic Reedy River in downtown Greenville. Greenville Tech’s Greer Campus is located in Taylors, SC.

For further information contact Fleming Markel by calling 864/271-0679 or e-mail to (fleming.markel@gvltec.edu); contact Enid Williams by calling 864/250-3059 or e-mail to (enid.williams@gvltec.edu); or visit (www.gvltec.edu/vpa/).

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