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Judith Kohin: Up, an exhibiton of new encaustics

Judy Kohin & Highlights, March Art Walk

March 2, 2016 - Susan Viebrock

Judy Kohin's artist talk and Heartbeat, starts promptly at 6:30 at the Telluride Gallery of Fin Art. The end result of an intense, linear, and very physical process involving printing, collaging (cut up fabric or prints); glueing (to board) waxing, adn then manipulating the surface; these mixed media works read like jazz improvisation shapes - colored blobs, squared, rectangles, circles, swirls - bloom, twinkle, dance, and pulse just beneath a beeswax encaustic veneer that both contains and restrains, while adding depth. Squiggly lines etched onto that surface establish the boundary with the real world, adding yet another layer to these rich, robust images. The compositions look abstract but they are the result of very careful planning: erudition as the handmaiden of feelings. The journey is the thing, not so much the outcome, however razzle-dazzling.