CCMoA Moriarty Encaustic

“Runaround,” a sculpture by Laura Moriarty, will be part of the exhibit “Depth Perception: Painting in Wax,” a show on view through June 4 at the Cape Cod Museum of Art that features the technique of encaustic painting.

Nineteen sculptors and painters who paint in the medium of pigmented wax, and who are taking part in the International Encaustic Conference in Provincetown, have been invited to exhibit at the Cape Cod Museum of Art. The guest curators of the show are conference founder Joanne Mattera and conference director Cherie Mittenthal.

In encaustic painting, pigment is suspended in beeswax rather than oil or acrylic, which gives it very different qualities from other paints. Artists enjoy working with encaustic because it has a luminosity like no other paint. It also has a manipulative quality; the wax dries quickly and can be built up into many layers that can be scraped and cut into and formed sculpturally.

The artists will be attending a closing celebration at the museum Sunday, June 4, from 5:30 to 7 PM after the close of the conference, which runs from June 2 to June 4.

The Cape Cod Museum of Art is at 60 Hope Lane in Dennis.

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Laura Moriarty

Thank you so much for featuring my work! I hope it entices readers to visit the Cape Cod Art Museum to see the whole show. Please read on if you'd like to know more.

Depth Perception refers not only to the physical way three-dimensional work is experienced but to the way a two-dimensional surface can be developed to suggest dimension, either through perspective on a flat plane or by the buildup of the surface into high or low relief. Curators Cherie Mittenthal and Joanne Mattera have selected 19 sculptors and painters whose work expresses this idea. All of the artists selected for Depth Perception are masters of encaustic—pigmented wax—a translucent medium that enhances the experience of depth perception because it can suggest an optical aspect far greater than the physical thickness of the medium itself.

Featured artists include: Pamela Blum, Steven J. Cabral, Karn Freedman, Lorraine Glessner, Jane Guthridge, Susan Lasch Krevett, Joanne Mattera, Sandi Miot, Cherie Mittenthal, Wayne Montecalvo, (myself), Nancy Natale, Carol Pelletier, Lisa Pressman, Lynda Ray, Stephanie Roberts-Camello, Toby Sisson, Dietlind Van Der Schaaf and Janise Yntema

Depth Perception, which is installed in the Polhemus Savery DaSilva Gallery, marks the second time the Cape Cod Museum of Art has extended an exhibition invitation to the International Encaustic Conference. Now in its 11th year, the Conference is a gathering of art professionals that takes place in Provincetown the first weekend in June. Founded by Mattera, and now directed by Mittenthal under the aegis of the Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill, it brings together an international roster of artists, academics, curators, and critics who work in or focus on the medium of pigmented wax.

In presenting a theme that brings together dimension in its real and perceived states, the curators underscore the idea that there is no such thing as “encaustic art” (just as there is no “oil art” or “acrylic art”) but simply that wax is a particularly effective medium by which ideas can be realized in contemporary art.

Depth Perception will open to the public on on May 11 and run through through June 4. A museum-wide reception will take place on Friday, May 26, while a closing specifically for Depth Perception will take place on Sunday, June 4. Opening and closing receptions will run 5:30-7:00 p.m. on those days. The exhibition’s 19 artists and two curators will be in attendance at the closing, and the public is invited to meet them. A catalog will be available for purchase in the gift shop.

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