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Mari Renwick
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Gowanus



ARTIST STATEMENT: Working with wax in an intimate, often combative, engagement, I am compelled by the challenge of manipulating this medium. Dragging, digging, and scraping are paramount responses in the process and facilitate my creating a surface of interest. Partially veiled words, shapes, and images are glimpses into a visual journal, which can be excavated by the viewer. Often a patina of age suggests an historical context; the painting as relic. Inspiration often begins with a saved image from my files or an interesting object seen and saved to my collection of miscellany. My interest of the last year had been to work with paper directly on the heating unit allowing the transmutation of warm paint and pigment. This method demands spontaneity, and though I began with a loosely defined theme, I allowed digression and distraction. Although I've moved away from the paper, my interest in reacting spontaneously to the material is amplified. After painting in a measured and thoughtful approach I will often begin a new painting with thoughtless abandon, the only interest being losing myself in the properties of the waxy paint and its malleability under my tools.
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  • Queen Anne's Lace 2
    2016
    encaustic and oil stick on wood panel
    Multiple layers of imagery echoing wildflowers and their distorted shadows.

  • Queen Anne's Lace 1
    2016
    encaustic and oil stick on wood panel
    layers of wildflowers and their distorted shadows

  • Finished
    2016
    encaustic and oil stick on paper with wire
    Accordion-book with images of plants and pods.

  • Earthly
    2016
    encaustic and oil stick on paper with wire
    Book-like assemblage. encaustic, oil stick and various materials including a moth.

  • Dream-House
    2015
    Encaustic, cardboard and string
    Wax-infused cardboard houses are held together by an inserted tube with waxed string. an image from a dream

  • Simply,yes
    2016
    encaustic and oil stick on panels

  • Pod and Fly
    2016
    encaustic and oil stick on panels
    One of a series of poured wax panels with botanical imagery. this one has a realistic depiction of a fly.

  • Pod, no fly
    2016
    encaustic and oil stick on wood panel
    2nd of a series of poured wax with botanicals. no fly on this one.

  • Bold Bird
    016
    encaustic and oil stick on wood panel
    One of several pieces that were done with abandon, propelled by the wax and mood.

  • Warbler
    2016
    encaustic and oil stick on wood panel
    A lovely, though deceased, Nashville Warbler found on the road inspired this piece.

  • Untitled

  • XO Botanicals
    2014
    enacaustic and oil stick on panels
    A collection of botanical-inspired (and other) images as well as simple graphic elements.

  • Green/Black Tooth
    2014
    enacaustic and oil stick on panels
    4 panels justaposed

  • Leaving the Marsh
    2016
    encaustic and oil stick on wood panel
    a diptych placed to suggest a horizon line. the incised line is depicting a bird's wing

  • Dead MoNkEY group
    2015
    encaustic and pencil on paper
    Who doesn't love a sock monkey? but this one has apparently passed.

  • MonKey/arm
    2015
    encaustic and pencil on paper

  • "Say it Again" (sheep series)
    2015
    encaustic and pencil on paper
    One of a series of sheep and cows: loose and abstracted encaustic depictions with journal notations

  • Sheep
    2015
    encaustic and pencil on paper
    part of a series of animal heads, mostly sheep, some cows. abstracted

  • First Pigeon
    2013
    encaustic and oil stick on wood panel
    One of many in a series of "rock doves" (OK, pigeons) that I observed and sketched in the city;mostly Brooklyn.
 








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