Opening Reception: Sunday, March 20 from 4 to 6 pm
In her wax and oil paintings, artist Georgia Nassikas explores the intersection of the abstract and the representational. She focuses on the elemental lines, shapes, and colors that define at core of the natural world. The resulting calm luminous quality of her compositions urge inner reflection and outward preservation of earth’s beautiful balance. Over the past decade, in parallel with her organic beekeeping and gardening, she has refined her use of the ancient art of encaustic painting, prevalent in ancient Greece, Egypt, and Italy. She heats and mixes wax from her honeybees with natural pigments and damar cystals. Painting from a hot palette, she manipulates her multi-layered surfaces through marking, scoring, scraping, and burning. These paintings on wood panels present a surface tension and figurative complexity different from the traditional flow of oil as a medium.