The third artist in my current lineup of artists that inspire me is Bobbette Rose. Bobbette’s art falls into the Colour Field category, but her chosen medium is very different from that of Helen Frankenthaler and Ana Elisa Benavent, the other 2 artists I have just written about. Bobbette’s technique involves the use of Encaustic wax.
Here is the glorious piece that first caught my attention, and the description of Bobbette’s technique, courtesy of Grace Chosy Gallery. It’s called “Liminal Moment”. (Incidentally, I looked up the Grace Chosy Gallery online, and found out it’s now closed in 2013 after 34 years in the business. Such a shame).
“Liminal Moment by Bobbette Rose – Encaustic Monotype on Paper. These are paintings done directly on a heated plate with pigmented wax. Paper is laid on top and the image is offset onto the paper, similar to a typical monotype but no press. She does sveral thin layers, each time laying the paper down on the heated plate. In the final stage she often paints back into the image with a oil paint and a brush. Japanese washi paper used for this process, then matt and frame them under glass”.
Here’s Bobbette’s own Artist Statement:
“Inspired by the relationship between the physical and the spiritual, I delve into what lies beneath our surfaces, revealing the mystery and fragility of the lives we build within a context of growth and decay, memory and the passage of time.
My work mixes the ancient with the contemporary as I find new meanings in age-old materials and processes using mineral pigments, egg tempera, and beeswax. Making my own paint from ground pigments, I dive deeper into both image and process.
I work in mixed media and painting and widely exhibit and sell my work. I earned my MFA from UW-Madison and work professionally as a designer for print and web media. I teach classes and workshops through both university and community arts programs in design and fine art and have spoken at national and international conferences. I currently live in Madison, WI and am represented by Grace Chosy Gallery in Madison. I am a member of Wisconsin Visual Artists, International Encaustic Artists (IEA), the Chicago Artists’ Coalition, the artsTribe collective and the Madison Artists Alliance (MAA)”.
Some more of Bobbette’s fabulous encaustic art, for your enjoyment (courtesy of Google images):
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