Opening at Lanoue Fine Art, Boston, MA

 

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.

Best Wishes for Happy and Healthy New Year

Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness  and just be happy.  Guillaume Apollinaire

The Clarksburg Decision, encaustic and mixed media, 40×40″ © Marybeth Rothman 2011

Encaustic and Mixed Media Painting Studio Newsletter

I just finished my first quarterly Studio Newsletter and would like to send it to you. I just found out that Constant Contact will cancel my account if I enter your email address and send the newsletter to you without your permission. I’m sending it out tonight and will send the next one  in April.   Click here to subscribe to my quarterly Studio Newsletter.

Wax Collage: Beyond Technique– A Call to Artists

I am giving a talk, Wax Collage: Beyond Technique at the 6th International Encaustic Conference on June 1, 2012 in Provincetown, MA.  This conference draws from an international roster of exhibiting artists who are fully engaged with encaustic. I will be presenting the work of 15-20 contemporary painters, bookmakers, printmakers and photographers whose Wax Collage transcends both encaustic and collage to form a singular expression. This is not a “How To” revealing the secret techniques of a sub-group of “encaustic artists”, but an examination of the expression of Wax Collage. This exposition will emphasize the message rather than the medium.

To be considered for inclusion in Wax Collage: Beyond Technique, please follow the submission requirements exactly:                                                                                >Deadline: Friday, December 16, 2012                                                                          >Send 5 jpgs., 72 dpi                                                                                                        >Label your images:  01.Your Name-title.jpg                                                                          >Image list:  1. Title, medium, size H x W x D”                                                                       >Short bio                                                                                                                            >Contact info: name, email and website                                                                            >Please send to: marybethrothman.studio@gmail.com

I look forward to seeing your work.

Encaustic Collage — A Call To Artists

I am giving a talk, Wax Collage: Beyond Technique at the 6th International Encaustic Conference on June 1, 2012 in Provincetown, MA.  This conference draws from an international roster of exhibiting artists who are fully engaged with encaustic. I will be presenting the work of 15-20 contemporary painters, bookmakers, printmakers and photographers whose Wax Collage transcends both encaustic and collage to form a singular expression. This is not a “How To” revealing the secret techniques of a sub-group of “encaustic artists”, but an examination of the expression of Wax Collage. This exposition will emphasize the message rather than the medium.

To be considered for inclusion in Wax Collage: Beyond Technique, please follow the submission requirements exactly:                                                                                >Deadline: Friday, December 16, 2012                                                                          >Send 5 jpgs., 72 dpi                                                                                                        >Label your images:  01.Your Name-title.jpg                                                                          >Image list:  1. Title, medium, size H x W x D”                                                                       >Short bio                                                                                                                            >Contact info: name, email and website                                                                            >Please send to: marybethrothman.studio@gmail.com

I look forward to seeing your work.


Contemporary Paper and Encaustic: International Trends

Please consider making a contribution to support Contemporary Paper and Encaustic: International Trends , a groundbreaking E- Publication project created by Pollock-Krasner Grant receipient, Catharine Nash.

Portrait of My Son Jack and His Autism

"Portrait of My Son Jack and His Autism", encaustic and mixed media, 40"x40" ©Marybeth Rothman

Typically my encaustic mixed media portraits, include vintage photography. Recently I decided to branch out and use my own photography. Posted here is a portrait of one of my sons.

After many months of following my son Jack with a camera, I realized this would not only be portrait of him, but also his autism. I recorded the severity of this disorder that has defined his place in the world, excluded him from society, and denied him the beauty and subtleties of life.  Portrait of My Son Jack and His Autism is a story told from a distant, isolated and awkward place. Armed with a only a few utterances, Jack wanders through the world overwhelmed by words and sounds that he cannot understand and people he will never know.  Jack responds to the world viscerally, indifferent and at times with small sparks of recognition.   The photograph that I chose for this painting portrays my son as he blocks out the sound in an ordinary situation, which for him is a swirling storm that he cannot navigate.

My encaustic and mixed media approach to portraits is cumulative, adding many subtle layers of paint, paper, and photographs to form an amalgam of biographical texture. In response to this intensive examination in Portrait of My Son Jack and His Autism, I worked more intuitively. I observed that I had unconsciously added more layers than usual of biographical annotation, more vigorous incising, scraping and a rougher surface. I sculpted and enlarged the image to allow for more intimacy between the viewer and the work. The interplay of the opacity and translucency of the encaustic paint became an essential element in this narrative portrait. The many-layered process created a visual depth that uniquely describes the complex life of this young man.

An Evening of Encaustic Paintings, Prints and Sculpture


The October 5th, 2011 opening reception of Kindred Spirits, an exhibition of encaustic paintings, prints and sculpture at Clark University’s Schiltkamp Gallery, was attended by a lively, inquisitive crowd. Toby Sisson  curated the exhibition masterfully. The juxtaposition of the work and beautiful lighting were stunning. Kim Bernard, Lisa Pressman and I gave a gallery talk about our work and there was an engaging exchange between the speakers and audience. After the reception Toby Sisson hosted a wonderful dinner for the artists and a few Clark University Faculty.  Kindred Spirits will be in the Clark University Schiltkamp Gallery,Worcester, MA  through December 12, 2011. Below are installation shots from the exhibition.

Schiltkamp Gallery Entrance

Joanne Mattera

Miles Conrad

Miles Conrad

Kim Bernard

(vitrine) Kathleen Lemoine, ( right and far wall) Marybeth Rothman

Kathleen Lemoine

Donna Hamil Talman

David Clark

(left) Laura Moriarty, (right) Lisa Pressman

Sue Katz

Exhibiting in New Views of Encaustic Art


The Clarksburg Decision, encaustic and mixed media, 40"x40". ©2011 Marybeth Rothman

I am exhibiting in New Views of Encaustic Art at the Carroll House Gallery, Keene State College, Keene, New Hampshire, September 5- October 2, 2011.  This exhibition was curated by Peter Roos, and includes work by Laura Moriarty, Kevin Frank, Francisco Benitez and Leah MacDonald.