Lark & Key Gallery and Boutique
Feb. 3, 2018 - Mar. 31, 2017
Lark & Key Gallery and Boutique presents ‘Surface’, on view from Friday February 3rd through March 31st.
‘Surface’ features encaustic and mixed media artwork by Janet Eskridge, Bridgette Guerzon Mills and guest Robin Luciano Beaty, Jim Connell ceramics and Alice Scott jewelry.
Encaustic, a mix of beeswax, resin and color pigment, is one of the oldest forms of painting, dating as far back as Ancient Greece. Layer upon layer is applied, each fused with the previous layer, producing an atmospheric quality to the painting. Eskridge, Mills and Beaty work with the versatile medium to explore the concept of surfaces – above, below and within. Through layers, texture, mark making, embedded photos, stitching and found objects, the artists create luminous and tactile pieces that invite the viewer to take a closer look and explore the depths of their work.
Jim Connell creates ceramic vessels that are firmly grounded in traditional pottery making techniques. His uniquely styled vessels are generally wheel-thrown, with the thick walls paddled and carved to produce a secondary, three-dimensional surface. Connell enjoys the interplay and tension of his stoneware and porcelain forms. His carved vessels are finished with a gloss glaze or sandblasted after the final firing to achieve unique textures and highlights of gloss and matte surfaces.
Exploration of surfaces continues with jewelry by Alice Scott, of Symbology Jewelry. She borrows symbols from a variety of spiritual and cultural practices in order to create her own world of sacred objects. Pulling inspiration from the symbols of her production jewelry, as well as vintage pieces, Scott creates one-of-a-kind pieces using a variety of gemstones. Her forms and settings are designed to showcase the stone colors, inclusions and surface properties – smooth, rough or faceted.