April 22 – May 14, 2017
Reception: Saturday April 22 3-6PM
Ava Roth’s current exhibition, Encaustic Sewings, explores two contrasting traditions of artistic practice.
Each ‘encaustic sewn painting’ in the series begins with aggressive tools: a blow-torch, razor, oil, and resin. Roth finishes her opaque and heavy paintings with a series of delicate—even domestic—tools and media: needle, thread, and delicate papers. Thread or copper is sewn into the wood panels, piercing the encaustic medium.
The ‘encaustic painted embroideries’ take the opposite approach. Roth begins working with embroidery hoops, sewing onto transparent papers with fine threads and decorative beads. Traditional encaustic techniques are invoked by waxing the delicate papers and then suturing their translucent surfaces.
In both series, monochromatic expanses of wax and/or paper are bisected, slashed, or divided. Sewn ligatures strain to hold the divided elements firmly in place as an otherworldly spectacle of colour and texture reveals itself through the fissure.
Roth is a Toronto-based artist whose practice explores encaustic painting, book-binding, embroidery, drawing, textiles, wax-carved jewelry, gouache painting, and installation.
For more information, visit avaroth.com.