Jane Allen Nodine, professor of art at the University of South Carolina Upstate, in Spartanburg, SC, has been invited to exhibit her encaustic paintings at Gallerie Kunstkomplex in Wuppertal, Germany, from Mar. 3 – Apr. 7, 2012. This solo exhibition of 20 of her most recent works is titled Wachsspuren, or, Traces of Wax.
In addition to the exhibit, Nodine was invited by the director of Gallerie Kunstkomplex, Nicole Bardohl, and German artist Bodo Berheide, to visit Wuppertal during the first week of March to attend the opening reception of the exhibition on Mar. 8 and discuss her research in encaustic painting with the Wuppertal community. Wuppertal is located near Dusseldorf and has a population of approximately 350,000.
Nodine met Berheide in April 2011 when he visited USC Upstate to present a scholarly lecture on his sculpture project, Figura Magica, a six-ton cast-iron sculpture of an oversized, elongated horseshoe magnet, which garnered international attention as it made its world tour before stopping in Wuppertal. Berheide visited Nodine’s studio in Spartanburg, became interested in her work, and invited her to exhibit in Germany.
“I will present historical and technical material on the process of encaustic hot wax in a historical and contemporary context, and I will have an opportunity to visit several galleries, museums and university programs in the region,” says Nodine.
The term encaustic is derived from the Greek “enkaustikos,” which means “to heat” or “to burn.” The encaustic medium consists of beeswax mixed with resin to impart hardness that renders a material artists can use to embed various marks, materials, pigments, and textures. This historical process, used by ancient Greeks and Romans, has attracted the attention of many contemporary artists, such as Jasper Johns, because of its rich surfaces and sculptural properties. The encaustic process originated in Egypt in approximately 100 A.D.
For further information, contact Nodine at 864/503-5838 or e-mail to (firstname.lastname@example.org).