In her 2nd solo exhibition at Linda Hodges Gallery, Seattle artist Patti Bowman’s new body of work, “Forever,” builds on previous studies of a world in motion. This time she tackles ocean waves and water. The layering effect of the encaustic medium simulates water depth. Verging on abstraction, wave patterns and water-agitated surfaces are glimpsed in the dissolving colors melted under hot wax. The paintings emit a physical, sensual beauty from the wax having translucence and depth.
“I like encaustic for the beauty of its surface, the translucencies, the shapes that come and go between the layers. Its strength is in its visible past, in the evidences of the changes made in each picture. It is worthwhile pushing against its strengths, cultivating its frailties.”
Bowman studied art at the University of Calgary in Alberta and at Emily Carr College of Art and design in Vancouver, BC, In addition, she studied encaustic painting at Pratt Fine Arts Center in Seattle. The work is supported by a 2015 Artist Trust grant.