Dec 29, 2017
by Sharon Feissel
Marilee Ford and Sharon Feissel, featured artists in Riverfront Art Gallery’s Winter Show, are sharing the themeHeaven, Earth & The Space Between. Marilee comments, “The space between Heaven and Earth is really my theme...the transitions from Earth to Heaven and back again. For example, two pieces represent Earth as viewed from above--the view from the window of an ascending plane and from a satellite that sees below earth’s surface. My encaustic, A Drop into Another World, I see as drops into a world that is evolving, suggesting the continual alchemical transformation of materials, an Earth perhaps in the process of formation, but not there yet. Landscape Between Heaven and Earth feels like the mythic River Styx to me, that transition from solid Earth to the ethereal Heavens.”
Marilee uses familiar mediums like watercolor, oil, and acrylic, but some works are encaustic (hot wax painting). She explains, “Encaustic is a time-honored method in which pigments are added to heated wax. Metal tools and special brushes, aided by heat lamps, etc., shape it before it cools. The wax can be sculpted and other materials can be collaged into the surface. Like watercolors, encaustic painting is unpredictable, with both risks and rewards. I find the movement of wax in molten form and the depth created by layers and added materials to be exciting. The texture and rich colors always leave me quite satisfied.”
Sharon Feissel’s Cosmos Series represents the Heaven part of her show. “I used a water bottle to squirt the paints around—something really new for me,” she says. “Needless to say, these pieces simply evolved as I worked. Earth is portrayed by paintings and mixed media pieces that suggest the meandering of the landscape and waterways. I also have several small, inexpensive pieces that represent familiar objects such as a building, sailboats, a shirt, a humorous toppling tower—in short a variety of earthbound subjects.”
Asked how she has expressed “the space between”, Sharon replies, “Much of my show content is actually abstract and thus is visually neither Heaven nor Earth but has come from some place of inspiration whose touchstone may be partially Earth and partially Heaven, but not specifically of either. For example, my Kinesia photomontage abstracts were created digitally and use bits and pieces from my photographs of reflections in Lake Powell, AZ, but those pieces have been reassembled into a fantasy image.” Thus, both artists draw from what is neither Heaven nor Earth but the undefined space where creativity and imagination dwell.
TheWinter Show opens January 10 with a reception on January 13, 5:00-8:00 at Riverfront Art Gallery, 132 Petaluma Blvd., Petaluma, CA. For more information on the gallery, go towww.riverfrontartgallery.com. Closed Mon. & Tues.
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