Ava Roth Beeswax and Birch Bark

By April 2, 2019Exhibitions

April 6 – 28, 2019

Opening Reception:  April 6, 2 – 5 PM

This collection of work, inspired by the landscape of Northern Ontario, is a celebration of beeswax and

birchbark. The juxtapositions of bark and resin, honeycomb and beadwork, beeswax and oil paint, imply

a collision between human beings and the natural world, and reflect our impact. Tensions between

permanent and temporary materials, natural and human-made objects, the past and the present

are evoked.

Each piece celebrates the beauty of natural beeswax and birch bark while simultaneously celebrating

human creation. The works purposefully leave traces of the time undertaken to create them. We see the

work of nature— the growth of trees, the labour of bees — along with the painstaking practice of human-

made art, such as the harvesting, peeling and laminating of hundreds of pieces of natural birch bark

onto wood panels, or the delicate efforts of embroidering through honeycomb.

About the Artist:

Ava Roth is a Toronto-based painter, embroiderer and mixed-media artist.

At the heart of her work is an exploration of the relationship between human beings and the natural

world. Her series of birch bark and resin panels, her encaustic paintings, her collection of encaustic

embroideries and her work with live beehives all push viewers into reflecting on our collision and


Roth uses natural and local materials whenever possible. Canadian beeswax, reclaimed Ontario barn

wood, birch bark, linen, landscape photography and paper are hallmarks of her work.

Ava Roth is represented by Loop Gallery in Toronto and Wallspace Gallery in Ottawa. In addition to

exhibiting in solo and group shows, Roth’s work has been featured in many online and print magazines,

and she has been the recipient of several awards for her paintings. Her pieces have been acquired by

private collectors throughout Canada and internationally.

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