The Main Gallery is designed with the goal to increase interest in the arts and learning. We present thought-provoking rotating exhibitions in the areas of arts, culture, science, and history, and nationally renowned talent along with the work of NJ artists. The exhibitions are curated by our Exhibitions Committee and through memberships with guest curators and national organizations.
The Artwork of Arlene Mollow
June 5 - August 8
Gallery Opening Reception
SATURDAY, JUNE 5 • 4-7PM
Limited Space Available Reserve your spot
Arlene Mollow Artist Statement
The first time I tore a piece of Color-Aid paper and saw that enticing white deckled edge I was hooked on collage. With collage I can play with texture, color, design and content. The work is motivated by images that explore time and change. I would like the viewer to be caught off balance by the tension of a 17th-century scene colliding with a modern skyscraper.
I incorporate accident and surprise along with intuition to reflect what moves me in a piece. Ultimately I am putting a puzzle together with design and content fusing into an organic whole.
The collages are finished with a layer of clear encaustic to meld the components together and preserve the integrity of the image.
I employ the same elements of surprise and intuition when creating my encaustics paintings. Encaustic is a bees wax medium infused with color and varnish. It is melted and then poured or brushed onto a ridged support. It is heated to adhere to the surface. I use multiple layers of translucent encaustic until I achieve the color, movement and texture that are important components of my work. My paintings are based on memories of sea and landscape filtered through my imagination. The images are permeable, flowing around and through , concealing and revealing.
Encaustic was first used by the Greeks in the 5th C.BC . Remains of encaustic can still be seen on marble statues from that era and on Egyptian mummy face painting on wood. I feel I am a part of a continuum with this centuries old art form as I explore the ambiguity of time and history.
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