artist statement

Artist Statement

Sherrie Posternak
My encaustic work addresses themes including “seeing” without prejudice. With this in mind, abstract art can allow the viewer to concentrate on the simple pleasure of enjoying color, composition, pattern, and texture; rather than quickly dismissing a piece because it contains known objects or scenes that the viewer has already categorized.

The effects of time and erosion on natural and man-made objects– for example decaying metals with patina, multi-layered painted and peeling doorways, rock strata, and exterior bulletin board postings– fascinate me. I am a lover of this humbling and ego-busting reality that I term “accidental art.”
My life and my art are a continual search for the balance between, and a pleasing combination of; the feminine and the masculine, and the intuitive and the intellectual. Hermann Hesse espoused in his books that one should embrace, not negate, any part of the self, even if these parts seem to be opposed.

I demonstrate these ideas in various ways that are suited for expression in wax: using amazing color and graphic patterning, creating visual depth by layering, and employing textural and transfer techniques.

Prior to working with encaustics, I had explored various other media and artistic endeavors. I designed and fabricated jewelry from 1977-1988. For several years in the early 80’s I worked at Peters Valley, a residential crafts community in northwestern New Jersey, in capacities including gallery assistant, assistant to the director, and programs chair. From 1988-1997 I owned a fine crafts gallery in Middleburg, Virginia. Toward the end of that project I learned the art of mosaics and continue working in that medium. Also I enjoy photography, mixed media, and collage, in addition to encaustic painting which has consumed me for six years.

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