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