Transparency and Density of Form
DON AJELLO’S work embodies whimsy, fantasy, and surreal symbols. He feels equally satisfied by working in a range of materials, bronze, wood or ceramics. He chooses to create both functional and non-functional sculptures. As a Vietnam Veteran, Mr. Ajello was strongly affected by that war and one of his directions is a series related to the topic of war and its disturbing consequences on our planet. There is also a light side , with humor in his work in such pieces as the “Petaluma Pecker Series”
It is my intent within a mixed media format to sculpturally take “a tongue in cheek” jaundice eye investigation of life. To take an object’s visual definition out of context and to juxtapose items against each other. With some skill and luck I can take you into my vision.”
CATHY VALENTINES encaustic paintings are dense, crisp and unencumbered compositions that suggest volume, form and transparent content.
“My work is abstract in nature, with a sense of randomness. I consider my paintings to be a type of emotional landscape, my own internal language. I feel as though my pieces provoke memories and experiences of my past, and move into my present life. The process I use currently is a build up of layers of encaustic and drawing directly onto the wax, exploring transparencies. Encaustic is suited for such explorations. The use of this material seems to combine many disciplines, collage, printmaking imagery and sculptural qualities are seen in the final result.”