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
sold

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
sold






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
sold
©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
$575
available through the Bowersock Gallery  508-487-4994
info@bowersockgallery.com

©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
sold

©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
sold


©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
$575
available through the Bowersock Gallery  508-487-4994
info@bowersockgallery.com

©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
$450
available through the Bowersock Gallery  508-487-4994
info@bowersockgallery.com


©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
sold
©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
$250
available through the Bowersock Gallery  508-487-4994
info@bowersockgallery.com



©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
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
sold




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