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Cathy Valentine - Artist Statement

I am a working artist currently exploring encaustic as a medium. My work is abstract in nature, combining influences of my emotional landscape, an interest in anatomy, bones, and a love of nature. Twenty years ago I was working in fibers and creating sculptural forms with waxed linen over a support. The forms were non-utilitarian and very organic. Today my pieces provoke memories and experiences of my past, and move into my present life.

For the past seven years I have worked consistently with wax, exploring layers and surface treatment. have found a medium that allows me to continue to explore my own inner landscape while allowing the joy of chance that wax creates. The process I use is one of building and covering over of layers which create a diverse range of expression. Unification in the materials and forms create cohesion in my work. To me, my painting speaks of time, life and nature. My hope is that the viewer can see tension and calm intertwined, and make up their own interpretation of the piece and allow it to speak to them.

Currently my work is being informed by a CAT Scan of a brain. As the work evolved, I also began sculpting/forming small wax shapes, which reminded me of vessels and possibly body parts. Their sizes are only two to six inches. I began drawings of some of these sculptural shapes and would include them at points in the surface. Vertebrae began appearing in the work, which was a revisit of previous work. I find experimenting with drawing within the painting helps me build my own language in the work. I work to translate this ancient medium of encaustic into a contemporary form. My work uses the transparency and translucent density which is an inherent quality of the wax. For me it combines many disciplines; collage, paint, printmaking imagery, and sculptural qualities which all are combined in my final result.

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Education

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Exhibitions

Solo

  • 2008 Traces, Davis and Cline Gallery, Ashland, OR
  • 2007 Evolution of Form, Rogue Gallery and Art Center, Medford, OR
  • 2004 New Works, Gallery Three Nineteen, Mt. Shasta, CA
  • 2004 Explorations in Encaustic, Metro Gallery, Sierra Arts Council, Reno, NV
  • 2004 Tarjetas Postales, Redding Civic Center Gallery, Redding, CA

Group

  • 2009 Contemporary Art in an Ancient Medium, Shasta County Arts Council, Redding, CA
  • 2007 Renewal, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Novato, CA
  • 2007 Contemporary Textures in Wax, Butte Silver Bow Art Center, Butte, MT
  • 2007 Off the Grid, Lauryn Taylor Fine Art, Carmel, CA
  • 2007 Contemporary Textures in Wax, Contemporary Arts Collective, Las Vegas, NV
  • 2007 Holiday Lites, Lauryn Taylor Fine Art, Carmel, C
  • 2006 Sitka Art Invitational, Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, Portland, OR
  • 2006 Wax Works, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA
  • 2006 Works in Wax, Studio Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • 2005 West Coast Encaustic Artists, in conjunction with Oil, Wax, Chapter & Verse, Novato Arts Center, Novato, CA
  • 2004 Launchings, Rare Images Art and Photographic Gallery, Mt. Shasta, CA
  • 2002 Vegetables, College of the Siskiyous Gallery, Weed, CA
  • 2002 Works in Encaustic-Three North State Artists, Redding, CA
  • 2002 Pacific Northwest Juried Exhibition, Rogue Gallery, Medford, OR
  • 2002 WTW New Works, Iona Gallery, Dunsmuir, CA
  • 2002 Annual Juried Exhibition, Old City Hall Gallery, Redding, CA
  • 2002 Annual Exhibition, Highland Art Center, Weaverville, CA
  • 2001 Learning Curve, Siskiyou Arts Council, Mt. Shasta, CA
  • 2001 WTW Group Exhibition, Rare Images Gallery, Mt. Shasta, CA
  • 2001 Contemporary Juried Exhibition, Mesa Contemporary Art Center, Mesa, AZ
  • 2001 Annual Juried Exhibition, Redding Museum of Art and History, Redding, CA
  • 2000 Black and White, Siskiyou Arts Council Gallery, Mt. Shasta, CA
  • 1998 Small Works Juried Exhibit, North Valley Art League, Redding, CA
  • 1998 Through a Woman’s Eye, Stonewall Gallery, Dunsmuir, CA
  • 1998 Art from the Heart, Sonoma State University Art Gallery, Rohnert Park, CA
  • 1997 Annual Juried Exhibition, Redding Museum of Art & History, Redding, CA
  • 1997 Art From the Heart, Sonoma State University Art Gallery, Rohnert Park, CA
  • 1996 Annual Juried Competition, Redding Museum of Art & History, Redding, CA
  • 1996 Jefferson Juried Biennial Exhibit, Rogue Gallery & Art Center, Medford, O
  • 1994 Annual Juried Competition, Redding Museum of Art & History, Redding, CA
  • 1985 The Basketry Link, Mendocino Arts Center, Mendocino, California
  • 1985 Traveled to Chicago, New York
  • 1980 Clay and Basket Exhibit, Elizabeth Fortner Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA

Representation

  • Davis and Cline, Ashland, OR

Awards

  • 2000 Redding Museum of Art & History, Redding, California, Merit Award
  • 1999 Redding Museum of Art & History Redding, California, Merit Award
  • 1995 Redding Museum of Art & History, Redding, California, Merit Award
  • 1987 Luther Burbank Art Center, Santa Rosa, California, Merit Award

Professional Teaching Experience

  • Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, Otis, OR
  • Mt. Shasta Woman to Woman Art Group, Mt. Shasta, CA
  • Highland Art Center, Weaverville, CA
  • Rogue Gallery and Art Center, Medford, OR
  • Vermont Studio Center, Artist Residency, Fellowship
  • Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, Art, Artist In Residence
  • Member, International Encaustic Association
 
 
 
 
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