April 2014 Solo Exhibit: Off the Surface

Exhibited at Williams Mill Gallery

from April 2 – 13

Artist Statement:

“Nature always wears the colors of the spirit” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

The colours of nature are scored into these veneers of Mary Ellen Chapman’s encaustic relief artworks. In each painting there are at least twenty layers of transparent and translucent wax glazes that reveal shimmering hues. The viewer becomes a participant who cannot help but caress the surfaces of wool, forelock, bark or rock.

The artist’s spirit is found in the tangled woods, breaking waves and open fields. Nevertheless, these glowing colours need some element of actual energy. Thick textures burst to life as the lamb bleats for its mother, the horse relaxes after its ride, and the lagoon collects its sun.

For more information see the Gallery’s website at www.williamsmill.com.

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