ARTIST STATEMENT


Typically I work in multiple layers of wax, encapsulating images in every layer.  Partially veiled words, shapes, and images are glimpses into a visual journal, which can be excavated by the viewer.  Often, a patina of age suggests an historical context—the painting as relic.
 In a recent series I have parred down the content to simple shapes and marks in order to focus on the physicality of the wax: exploring surface and color without the distraction of representational imagery.
A reoccurring interest has been to encapsulate found and treasured items in waxed tea-bags.
Some of the pieces included here are works on paper. I place the paper directly on a heated palette, allowing the transmutation of warm paint and pigment into the paper fibers. This method demands spontaneity, and though I start with a loosely defined theme, I allow digression and distraction.

MARI RENWICK

Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY

EDUCATION
  • 1976Art Institute of Atlanta
SOLO EXHIBITIONS
  • 2012"Flock", Dizzys curated by Radar Curatorial, Brooklyn, NY
GROUP EXHIBITIONS
  • 201696.8 Miles From Brooklyn to Saugerties, Emerge Gallery, Saugerties, NY
  • 2016"Terrain", Emerge Gallery, Saugerties, NY
  • 2016A Sense of Place, Site: Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2016Artworks, The Loft
  • 2016Member's Salon, Trestle Gallery
  • 2015Nature as Muse, Steamboat Springs Arts Council,
  • 2014Salonikah , Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2014Summer Salon, Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2014Small Works Show, 440 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2012WAX, Brooklyn Art Space, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2010Salon Show, Brooklyn Arts Gym, Brooklyn, NY
  • 20002000, St Marks church Gallery, New York, NY
  • 1998House Show, Woman-Made Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • 1998Contemporary Visions-Ivan Karp curator, University Gallery, Bridgeport, CT
  • 1997Encaustics Works-Stephan Haller juror, Gallery at R&F, Kingston, NY
  • 1994NYU Small Works Show-Stephan Haller juror, 18 Washington Square East Galleries, New York, NY
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