ENCAUSTIC GROUP EXHIBITION by Transcend:distance (4 Artists)
In January 2020 four artists gathered in one studio for a week to reignite their creative fires. That week brought them more than just the annual dose of creative renewal they were seeking. It brought a bond that began as individual connections from their common artistic journeys that deepened into something each was reluctant to release as their retreat came to an end.
Transcend:distance began as a way to remain creatively connected across the miles. As each artist returned to their own homes, a round-robin of art-making began. Little did they know that a worldwide pandemic was on its way and what began as a fun activity among friends would soon become a lifeline of connection through social distancing and stay-at-home orders.
Beginning with a blank panel, each artist simply created from their own well and style of making, then mailed it to the next artist in the collective. A new blank panel was begun with each round, but with each round the collection of works received from each other began to influence the materials, colors, themes, and energy of the new works.
After 4 rounds (16 panels), the original concept for the round-robin was complete, but the desire to stay connected remained. Thus, the start of another round, this time a complex web of art-making and exchanging on 6”x6” panels with a goal of 64 total.
The result is a spectacular exhibition showcasing an enormous web of creativity and connection that transcends the distance of heart, body, and soul, an illustration of the interconnectedness that reaches across time to include the whole of all of mankind.
Artists: Crystal Marie, Rebecca Stahr, Amanda Jolley, Melissa Hall
Blue Moon Gallery
18620 Belvidere Road | Grayslake IL
Masks are required.