OPENING: 17 March, 6-8pm
Encaustic works by Rana Rochat hang at David Lusk Gallery-Memphis this spring. New Work is comprised of large abstract paintings on panel or paper that are created through a highly refined process of thin wax layers and fluid markings in oil.
Rochat’s surfaces gleam, although they are created with a depth of marks and layers that belies the actual material density. The forms, shapes and marks that inhabit her imagery feel familiar yet resist specificity. Rochat states, “Within an environment of deep light and color, my goal is to create an experience that is pre-verbal — promoting pictorial awareness instead of any explicit formatting of perceptual experiences into narratives. I like to think of my paintings as visual poems.”
Focusing on a visual rhythm, Rochat embraces intuition to convey lyrical expression through color, shape, and line. The paintings in New Work, move away from the density of her older work. She achieves an openness that allows space to play a more prominent role.
Rochat methodically builds the surfaces by marking each layer, sanding it, burnishing with a heated iron and then repeating that process until she feels the painting is complete. This process of addition and reduction gives each surface a resonant patina. On close view the work exhibits a warmth and intriguing vitality, while from a distance each painting glows from deep within the wax layers.
Native Memphian Rana Rochat graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in printmaking and painting. She headed to New York and sold t-shirts on the street to make a living. That ballooned into a thriving business she didn’t mean to have. So she took a year to return to painting. That was twenty-something years ago and she hasn’t looked back. Her career has been busy, with gallery representation in Memphis, Atlanta, New Orleans, Charlotte, New York City, Boston, and Seattle.
David Lusk Gallery is located at 97 Tillman. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday 10-5:30 and Saturday 11-4. For more information or visuals please contact Amelia Briggs at 901 767 3800 or firstname.lastname@example.org.