Identity Project

As I continue to explore identity in my mixed media portraits, I need your help. Please answer one or both of the following questions. I WILL NOT reveal your identity if  I use your answer in whole or part, in form or content in my work.  When you post  your answer in the comments section please indicate if I should publish it on this blog or keep it confidential.

THANK YOU for participating.

Newly Represented By Lanoue Fine Art

I am thrilled to announce that I am now represented by Lanoue Fine Art, 125 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts.

I look forward to working with Susan Lanoue and her staff on the June exhibition of Lights, Camera…..the Role of Photography in Contemporary Painting and Mixed-Media. I will be exhibiting with Eric Zener and June Stratton.                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Catherine Nash: In My Studio and In My Head

A full-time studio practice is mostly a solitary life. You work for months and years making art.  In the studio you make decisions about yourself, the world, your message and your materials.  A lot of the those thoughts are in your work,  but some are suspended in the air to grasp at another time.   Occasionally you interpret your studio experience in an artist statement, a blog or a magazine article. When the time comes, you move the art from your studio to a public venue where you speak to others about it. Then you leave your art, imbued with a visual vocabulary that you have created to communicate with the viewer in your absence. Everything else is left behind in your studio.  It’s all very tidy. Then one morning Catherine Nash comes to your door with a video camera, still camera and her husband, photographer Robert Renfrow to explore the nooks and crannies of your studio and your head for her upcoming book  Authentic Visual Voices: CP&E. (Contemporary Paper & Encaustic)- a working title.
Yesterday  Catherine Nash and Robert Renfrow were, indeed, in my studio to interview me for  Authentic Visual Voices: CP&E. Contemporary Paper & Encaustic.  While I usually prefer to be cloistered in my studio, I had the best day with Catherine and Robert.

Catherine Nash

I would rather be behind the camera, than in front, but I survived. The warm, wonderful and gracious Catherine Nash immediately put me at ease. Her questions were well researched and insightful, which made my job easier.  My only regret is that I did not get to hear more about her extraordinary coast to coast journey to the other artist studios. I am honored to be included in this remarkable project. I eagerly await the publication of Authentic Visual Voices: CP&E. Contemporary Paper & Encaustic.

I surprised Catherine and Robert by taking the first first photo of the day.

Robert Renfrow

Robert Renfrow and Catherine Nash.

Panopticon Gallery: What’s In A Face

The opening reception for What’s In A Face at Panopticon Gallery on March 2, 2012 was overflowing from the moment the doors open.  Jason Landry owner/director of the gallery curated this beautifully provocative portrait exhibition. I met and spoke with two other exhibitors, the photographers Wendy Paton and Holly Lynton about their  stunning portraiture. The exhibition is up until April 10th, 2012–If you are Boston, please stop by.

What’s In A Face                                                                                                          Panopticon Gallery                                                                                                                    502c Commonwealth Avenue (inside Hotel Commonwealth), Boston, MA

Alma, encaustic and mixed media, 40x40". Installation view at Panopticon Gallery, Boston, MA. ©2011 Marybeth Rothman

Panopticon Gallery Opening Reception, Friday, March 2, 2012

Please join me at the opening reception of                                                                                What’s In A Face                                                                                                          Panopticon Gallery                                                                                                                    502c Commonwealth Avenue (inside Hotel Commonwealth), Boston, MA                    Friday, March 2, 2012,  5:30-7:30

I will be exhibiting encaustic and mixed portraits from my series The Pilgrim Lake Library Committee along with portraiture by photographers and artists Fritz Liedtke, Andrea Raynor, Holly Lynton, Samuel Quinn, Wendy Paton, KK DePaul, Zia Ayub, Stephen Sheffield, Hans Hiltermann, Charlotte Niel, Douglas Prince, Ellen Carey and others.

Panopticon Gallery main gallery March 2-April 10, 2012                                                   502c Commonwealth Avenue (inside Hotel Commonwealth), Boston, MA
(617) 933-5000

Exhibiting Encaustic and Mixed Media Portraits at Panopticon Gallery

Please join me at the opening reception of                                                                                What’s In A Face                                                                                                          Panopticon Gallery                                                                                                                    502c Commonwealth Avenue (inside Hotel Commonwealth), Boston, MA                    Friday, March 2, 2012,  5:30-7:30

I will be exhibiting encaustic and mixed portraits from my series The Pilgrim Lake Library Committee along with portraiture by photographers and artists Fritz Liedtke, Andrea Raynor, Holly Lynton, Samuel Quinn, Wendy Paton, KK DePaul, Zia Ayub, Stephen Sheffield, Hans Hiltermann, Charlotte Niel, Douglas Prince, Ellen Carey and others.

Panopticon Gallery main gallery March 2-April 10, 2012                                                   502c Commonwealth Avenue (inside Hotel Commonwealth), Boston, MA
(617) 933-5000

First Portrait of 2012

Sylvie, encaustic and mixed media, 40x40" ©Marybeth Rothman

Sylvie has emerged first in this new year from a group of paintings that I was working on at the end of 2011. Disclaimer: photographed under studio lighting with a point and shoot, the color is a bit off.  I love being in my studio in the winter, got to get back to work.