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Cathy Valentine maximizes the capacity of encaustic to allow lines and colors to float as if suddenly suspended in time. She builds up multiple layers of wax while drawing, staining and/or carving each layer to create a depth of transparency.
Her work is abstract in nature, with a sense of randomness; a type of emotional landscape or internal language. Often she borrows the lines and shapes of nature as well as her older work of sculptural basket shapes.
Valentine’s use of encaustic combines many disciplines, collage, printmaking imagery and sculptural qualities are seen in the final result. Her work speaks of time, life and nature.