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WORKING WITH WAX: Contemporary Encaustic Painting in Northern California
Curated by Thomas Morphis

January 21 - March 6, 2010

Boundaries Edges Parallels (#4920)
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Eleanor Wood — Boundaries Edges Parallels (#4920)

Artist Statement

Working with Wax

At first glance the small recent paintings of Eleanor Wood appear to have strong affinities with recent Minimalist art. They are distinct, however, in being acutely tactile and imaginatively open-ended evoking wide ranging haptic, as well as visual, associations that give the work a wistful sense of age and wear. This sense is reinforced by the fact that support and medium are so thoroughly and skillfully fused that it is all but impossible to distinguish them.

The works are made in series and typically exhibited in groups. Working with Wax includes works from the series Boundaries, Edges, Parallels, and from Shifting Borders: Realignments Fall 2006, which are works on paper.Earlier titles reflect the artist’s preoccupation with boundaries and divisions.

In her works on paper color is applied in a highly diluted form in superimposed layers, each being allowed to dry before being overlaid by another. The color is painted onto the back of the paper and, because of the highly absorbent nature of the particular paper used, it soaks through to appear on the front, forming a soft and blurred edge around the central geometric form, which is executed in waxed paper, and wax colored with oil bar. The relationship between the back and the front of the work is further established by pinpricks, which are used in addition to pencil marks, to demarcate and to divide.

Eleanor Wood was born and grew up in London. For many years she was based in Norfolk near the east coast of England. Here she was surrounded by expanses of arable fields, huge skies, and the vast open beaches that edge the North Sea. Both this particular landscape and the Californian light have had an impact. In 2002 she moved to Central California and now divides her time between there and Norfolk. She has exhibited in Britain, The Netherlands, Norway, Finland, Russia, Latvia, Australia, and the United States, and her works are found in the collections of Arts Council England, The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Achenbach Foundation for the Graphic Arts, The Crocker Museum, Sacramento, The Progressive Arts Collection and the University of the Arts, London.

Eleanor Wood is represented by JayJay, in Sacramento, and by Don Soker Contemporary Art, in San Francisco where her exhibition Working From both Sides: Works On Paper and Linen is showingfrom January 19 – February 27 2010.

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