On Friday, June 6th, join Leslie Neumann and Susan Gott at the Gadsden Arts Center in Quincy, Florida (near Tallahassee) for HOT WAX, HOT GLASS featuring amazing individual pieces of artwork as well as several creations pairing two unlikely mediums of cast glass and wax encaustic into gorgeous collaborations.
Both artists live, work and play along the West coast of Florida, from Tampa Bay to Aripeka, to the springs of Weeki Wachee. Avid conservationists, both artists have a deep love and respect of Florida, the aquifers, the wetlands, the wildlife and the precious resources of the region. This understanding crosses over to a deeper spiritual understanding that ties the work and the artists together. Leslie and Susan both use material and process to influence color and form in their work.
At 6:30pm, both artists will take a few minutes to speak about their individual works and collaborations.
Leslie, working with encaustic (hot wax) and oil paint, applies the paint and wax to a surface while hot, and as it congeals she scrapes away colors, engraves words or pictographs, resulting in a rich luminous surface.
Susan casts molten glass directly from a furnace burning at 2300ºF, and incorporates images, symbols, inclusions and color, inspired by nature with ancient symbolism.
Together their friendship and common interest in the natural world served to create a new means of expression in their mutual interest in the spiritual. “Our technical discussions of how we were going to make something did not preclude our deeper understanding of what the work was about. The creation of these works allowed a new crossing into our own interest in the mystic. This mutual understanding was really exciting for us. We quickly worked through the technical challenges and timelines, and what we produced was beyond our expectations.“ –Susan Gott
Leslie Neumann received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, California, and a Master’s Degree in painting from New York University in Manhattan. Her images are inspired by the raw, primitive energy of the wetlands and the vast, cosmic night sky that surround her. Made with oil paint and encaustic, the hot wax is applied with a brush. As it cools, the artist scrapes through to reveal other layers of color, resulting in a luminous and textured surface. Read more here: http://www.leslieneumann.com/.
Susan Gott holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Kent State University and has studied at Pilchuck, Penland, Haystack and Arrowmont Schools for glass. She has worked in glass for over 30 years and specializes in large scale, cast glass sculpture that incorporates steel or stone. Each sculpture is created using a sand mold process where each piece is individually hand carved, colored, cast from the molten glass, and hand polished to reveal the interior. The work embodies her interest in mythological symbolism and philosophies from ancient cultures that express the union of human being and nature. The resulting glass, with primitive qualities and metaphors, are a visual re—presentation of the cycles of life. Read more here: http://www.gottglass.com
(All photo credits go to Blanchette Photography)
Hors d'oeuvres & beverages from 7-9pm
Exhibit runs June 6–August 2, 2014