For Immediate Release:
Nadine Koski "Waves"
April 27 - June 25, 2017
Imlay Gallery is pleased to present "Waves," an installation by a master of the encaustic technique, Nadine Koski. Nadine Koski is a self-taught artist known for her mastery of the encaustic technique, which uses heated beeswax and colored pigments. Encaustic painting is one of the world’s oldest art forms, dating back thousands of years to Ancient Greece and Egypt. Nadine’s paintings of waves and surf give a bird’s-eye view of the magnificence and power of water.
Growing up near Lake Superior in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Nadine’s earliest memories are of water. She recalls, “Water formed around everything; rivers connected smaller ponds and lakes that flowed to larger inland lakes and eventually into the Great Lakes. All of this became blanketed by water in the form of snow and ice for more or less half the time, and as it melted it released itself into molten flows that merged and layered with translucent and iridescent qualities. The seasons created dynamic changes that even a child could appreciate and observe.”
Nadine found that wax, like water, moves as it is molten and could provide her with the ability to “sculpt” a painting in a similar manner to landscaping a garden in order to express the flow of nature. What struck her then, and has never left her, is how water connects everything.