Saturday, August 22, 2020

New Assemblage Works by Catherine Nash: Finding Beauty in Each Moment

I just sent off five new works to the Bowersock Gallery in Provincetown, MA.  Having deadlines, even if self-imposed, keeps me focused and in check in the studio.  

Some whimsical, some ethereal, some exploring a curiosity...

All visual poetic investigations.



Catherine Nash
Dreamtime
cold wax painting, antique clock
housing, antique display box,
watch casing, mica, resin cast 
antique dolls, 2 bird’s nests.
13.75”h x 7.5”w x 4”d
$1995 retail
available through the 
Bowersock Gallery 
Provincetown, MA
508-487-4994

with detail shots below




Dreamtime:  An ethereal interpretation of time and inner space. The surrealness of Being.


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Catherine Nash
Moon Boat, 2020
Encaustic painting and oil stick in a 
vintage box, mica, glass lens, sterling 
silver leaf, branches.
9”h x 14.75”h x 3.5”d
(private collection)

with detail shots below



Moon Boat:  
Traveling at night. A ship of hopes and dreams and love.

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Catherine Nash
Infinite, 2020
Encaustic painting and oil stick in
burned vintage jewelry boxes. Iron ring.
Handsplit redwood shingle.
16”h x 7”w x 1.5”d
$695  retail
available through the 
Bowersock Gallery 
Provincetown, MA
508-487-4994

with detail shots below


Infinite:  A soliloquy into the infinite.  An escape into the unknown. 

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Catherine Nash
Poetic Conjecture
Encaustic painting in an antique wooden drawer. Coptic bound book 
of indigo dyed handmade paper, branches and carved wooden balls,
glass lens, sterling silver leafing, mica, antique compass.
14”h x 10.5”w x 4”d
$1995 retail
available through the 
Bowersock Gallery 
Provincetown, MA
508-487-4994

with detail shots below




Poetic Conjecture:  Deciphering the mystery. Pages turn. Cyclical curves brings one back to a starting point.

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Catherine Nash
Ascension, 2020 
Encaustic painting and oil stick in an 
antique box, branch and carved wooden 
ball, 24K gold leaf.
13”h x 6”w x 2.25”d
(private collection)

with detail shots below




Ascension
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Aspirations into the infinite.  The search for unsullied purity.


Thank you for looking!

May you find beauty in each moment





Friday, August 7, 2020

Artists in Their Studios: Catherine Nash - Interview by Artist/Curator Sergio Gomez

 https://www.amplifiedartnetwork.com/artists-in-their-studios-catherine-nash/

Chicago artist and curator Sergio Gomez, interviewed me and posted it today~ Exciting!! Not to mention his amazing artwork, Gomez is a career mentor and avid writer/blogger. I think he posted it in six places! I'm greatly honored! Here is one of them linked below. 
My new installation entitled "Botanical Reveries" just put up will open (no reception) on the 10th of August. Will post more details later. But you can see some images in the interview.


Artists in Their Studios: Catherine Nash

Interviews

One-on-One with Catherine Nash, Tucson, Arizona, USA

What is your work about?

Beauty. Serenity. Compassion. Nature. The poetics of landscape. A particular timelessness. The nature of Being. I create art that responds to the natural world, reflecting a spiritual and philosophical relationship with the environment. The terrain, aesthetics and cultures of Japan, memories of the rich gradations and spaciousness of Scandinavian summer night skies, my experiences with Native American friends and explorations of the southwestern desert wilderness: these are my influences and what informs my artwork.

Do you have a studio routine, strategy or ritual that helps you get in the creative zone?

I work best with a deadline. If I don’t have a show or a gallery deadline, I impose it upon myself. I always leave something to finish the next day.

How has the pandemic affected your art practice?

I have been 100% unemployed since mid March. My gallery closed. No teaching. My selling of period wardrobe to film/TV costume designers dead stopped. I had prepared for an emergency financially and have some backup resources, so I could “relax” into it. Once I got a bit more accustomed to the unknown, I eased into this new normal. In the studio every single day, I use deadlines to keep me focused and perhaps sane. A big shift is that I have more time to read, research…and dream. It is in the “dream state” that I receive new inspiration.

Catherine Nash An Inner Astronomy, 2018 Mixed Media Installation

What is your greatest reward, memory, accomplishment or proud moment as an artist?

I am still greatly honored to have received the “Lumies Artist 2015” award for southern Arizona, “Catherine Nash – Artist Award:  awarded to an individual artist that has demonstrated excellence, originality and ingenuity in the local arts and culture sector; arts ‘luminaries’ who have made a profound impact on the lives and communities of Southern Arizonans."

 Perhaps most meaningful is that I was nominated and then voted for by peers and major arts professionals in Southern Arizona. So grateful and honored!

What is one thing you MUST have in your studio?

Soft Music. Incense. No phone/no laptop. Solitude. Quietude. Whoops! That is more than one thing. So perhaps, “conducive environment” is the one thing.

Catherine Nash Breathing Under Water, 2020 Encaustic painting 12”w x 18”h x 1”d

What would you tell your future self about being an artist right now?

“You are right to remain true to yourself, continuing to create work from your core, your deepest reserves, your poetic self. You know it centers and grounds you. Embody peace. Who knows where the art world is going? You cannot care about how you fit in…it is most vital to listen to and honor creative muse….and then create!

After more than 4 decades of continuous, focused art making, TRUST. Trust the conversation that is without word: an intuitive conversation with paper, wax, branches, brush, pen, saw and twine. So, future self, trust thyself! Stay true!”

How has the Art NXT Level Academy improved your art career?

A new member with one month under my belt, I joined to gain a clearer understanding of the changes within the professional art world. I have completed the “Road Map for Established Artists”. I’m almost done with the “How to Sell Art Online Post Covid-19” section and more. I’ve gotten a lot of affirmations about my own marketing and have also learned a great deal – about the potential of social media as promotion for instance. I learned that some things I don’t want to pursue, yet for the most part, I am trying to integrate these innovative new ideas.

Catherine Nash Botanical Reveries, 2020 Mixed Media Installation

What is the best art career advice you’ve ever received?

Dutifully carrying my portfolio into Manhattan at age 18, both advertising artists separately advised me to “Make art that follows your heart and spirit.” Little did my well-meaning father anticipate that the two interviews he set up for me would both end up with such advice.

“What is the worst thing that can happen here? Will you die?” : my own bolstering mantra used numerous times, to combat fear. It got me onto a plane to Europe with a 1-way ticket and my portfolio at age 22. Lived in Paris for a year and a half.

Catherine Nash An Inner Astronomy, 2018 Mixed Media Installation

Links:

Blog at http://papermakingresources.blogspot.com

Represented by the Bowersock Gallery in Provincetown, MA https://bowersockgallery.com

www.catherinenash.com

www.authenticvisualvoices.com

www.papermakingresources.com

Sergio Gomez is a Chicago-based artist entrepreneur, curator for the Zhou B Art Center, owner of 33 Contemporary Gallery, art career coach, and co-founder of the Art NXT Level Academy. Follow him on Instagram @sergiogomezart

Friday, June 19, 2020

Artist Catherine Nash: New Artworks


Fire.
Intense Heat.
High Winds.
Smoke.
Oxygen.
Breath.
Transformation.
Standing tall.
Speaking truth.
Listening.  
Hearing.
Accountability.
Understanding.
Empathy.
Compassion.
Transformation.
Breathe.
Love.
One.



And so it is...

                                                               ©C.Nash

©Catherine Nash
Smoke, 2020 
encaustic painting in a vintage

box with original smoked sides,
wax dipped leaves, found wood.
7”w x 20”h x 4”d
$975

available through the Bowersock Gallery  508-487-4994
info@bowersockgallery.com

©Catherine Nash
Waning, 2020 

encaustic and mica

in a vintage drill bit box
11.25”w x 4”h x 2”d
(private collection)

I've offered a rare, intimate tour of my studio as I was working:


“Mesdames of Wax: Emma Ashby and Catherine Nash"
Bowersock Fine Art Gallery 

373 Commercial Street, Provincetown, Mass. 

This two person show runs June 19 through July 2nd, 2020.
[My art will be available all season within the gallery.]

Steve Bowersock presents my new work within the gallery:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LzzUuQ_LPI&feature=youtu.be
  
The Bowersock Gallery has posted 
Part 1 of a 2 part interview with me: 

...and Part 2 of 2 interview:


I have been so grateful to have had the carrot of a deadline to work towards - it focused my creativity within this time of uncertainty, which has certainly affected my work, however subtly.  The two assemblage pieces at the beginning of this post came after the Black Lives Matter protests/movement began...and the "poem" I wrote (after the works were completed) when the devastating fires in the Catalina Mountains began on June 5th from a lightning strike...and which continues to burn today.  Predictions are that they will until our monsoon rains come, perhaps in another 10-14 days..  Such a visceral metaphor for all that is happening socially and politically...

The sky and all it's mysteries continue to inspire me~  
©Catherine Nash
Promise of Another Day, 2020
Encaustic painting
12”w x 18”h x 1”d
$1250 retail
available through the Bowersock Gallery  508-487-4994
info@bowersockgallery.com
©Catherine Nash
As Above, So Below, 2020
Encaustic painting
12”w x 18”h x 1”d
$1250 retail
available through the Bowersock Gallery  508-487-4994
info@bowersockgallery.com


I've been reading books about Alexander Von Humboldt.  He carried a cyanometer with him as he scaled the highest peaks of the Andes in 1801-03. At the time, the shift in value of blue was still mysterious to scientists...
I release the science behind it and inhabit the mystery.   
Catherine Nash
Altitude, 2020
Encaustic painting
12.75”w x 12.75”h x 2.5”d
$1350 retail
available through the Bowersock Gallery  508-487-4994
info@bowersockgallery.com

©C. Nash
Altitude, 2020
side view

©Catherine Nash
Breathing Under Water, 2020
Encaustic painting 
12”w x 18”h x 1”d
(private collection)






Clarity. Attention. Pay attention. 
Breathing under water
…the silence of the depths. 
Tumultuous life above the surface
…but here I am. 
Under. Within. Without. 
Edges soften. Skin dissolves. 
There is no ‘me'. Attentive. Listen. Breathe.
                                                
                                                         ©C. Nash



"Breathing Under Water" was started a month ago in reaction to a soundscape recording by two talented Tucson friends of mine, Will Clipman and RC Nakai...specifically Tank Journey #3. (You can listen to their mesmerizing music at https://tanksounds.org/r-carlos-nakai-and-will-clipman/ Consider listening to that track while looking at my painting.) 

The painting emanated from my poetic response. For me, the image truly expresses not a hiding place from tumult, but a shelter that is protective and safe: the place of peace and quietude that I inhabit within which embodies both light and darkness.

We are fortunate and blessed to be breathing, both physically and spiritually. It is essential for us to breathe and live peace, especially now, holding ground in love.



©Catherine Nash
Morning Star, 2020
Assemblage in a vintage drawers, 
24K gold leaf, encaustic painting, 
mica, handmade paper, 
natural elements.
5”w x 15.5”h x 4”d
(private collection)
©Catherine Nash
Morning Star, 2020
Assemblage side view

©Catherine Nash
Tidal, 2020
assemblage with high shrinkage abaca paper, 
shell, vintage carved wood, branch, in a
1880s sewing machine drawer.
6.25”w x 16”h x 5.25”d
$695 retail
available through the Bowersock Gallery  508-487-4994
info@bowersockgallery.com
©Catherine Nash
Tidal, 2020
assemblage side view

These other works were also recently completed within the last 12 months.  Still enamored with the depth of space, these intimate landscapes are secured in burned vintage jewelry boxes.  My distress at our disregard for the environment in the name of progress triggered these works.  
Gaia, our planetary jewel that hosts life, is polluted and burned without regard to future generations.  Henry David Thoreau, in his distress at "progress" in the 1840s, exclaimed that "at least the sky is safe!"
  
Of course we know that isn't true, but looking to the sky reminds me how fragile life is~ 
©Catherine Nash
Aurora
, 2019

Encaustic painting in a burned vintage jewelry box, 
found brass elements and wood.
13” W x 6.5”H x 2” D
(private collection)


©Catherine Nash
Relic
, 2019

encaustic painting in a burned vintage jewel box,
found pocket mirror, wood, 24K gold leaf.
5.5” W x 6.25”H x 1.75” D
(private collection)

©Catherine Nash
Constellation
, 2019

encaustic painting in a burned vintage jewel box,
rusted ring, found wood.
5” W x 9.75”H x 1.5” D
(private collection)


©Catherine Nash
Night Fishing
, 2019

encaustic painting in a burned vintage jewel box,
found pocket mirror, wood, 24K gold leaf.
7.75” W x 6.5”H x 1.5” D
(private collection)


©Catherine Nash
Night
, 2019

encaustic painting in a burned vintage jewel box,
old wooden screw press.
7.5” W x 6”H x 2.25” D
(private collection)


©Catherine Nash
Our Ocean, 2019

encaustic painting in a burned 
vintage jewel box, rusted ring,
antique optical glass, pearl.
3.5” W x 3”H x 3.25” D
(private collection)


©Catherine Nash
Four Elements, 2019

encaustic painting in a burned 
vintage jewel box, 
found rusted watch.
4.5” W x 3.5”H x 2.5” D
(private collection)



©Catherine Nash
Winged Sky, 2019

encaustic painting in a burned 
vintage jewel box, 
old T square.
7.5” W x 6"H x 2.25” D
$450  retail
available through the Bowersock Gallery  508-487-4994
info@bowersockgallery.com



©Catherine Nash
Acorn, 2019

encaustic painting in a burned 
vintage jewel box, 
reclaimed wood, vintage brass acorn, mica.
4.5” W x 3.5"H x 1” D
(private collection)




Hope...Love...One