'Alchemy'

Exhibition of Encaustic & Mixed Media Works by Isabelle Gaborit.

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Monday 24th April – Sunday 7th May 2017


Signal Arts Centre is delighted to be exhibiting encaustic and mixed media pieces by the artist Isabelle Gaborit.


Isabelle is a contemporary artist, though her preferred medium of encaustic is ancient. In her studio located on the scenic shores of Lough Derg, she has rekindled the ancient painting process of Encaustics, an immediate and tactile painting method using molten pigmented beeswax. Her creative process involves the application of semi-transparent layers of wax, paint, photography and pigment, striving to create depth and translucency without compromising the spirit of the medium or subject matter. The physical process of encaustic painting echoes the alchemist’s repertoire of metamorphosis of all matter and the process of manipulating mediums; the subject matter emerging in its true light, via the transmutation of base materials, transformed through Fire and heat. During this alchemical process, matter shifts and transforms, resisting fixity, manifesting in between the boundaries of the intangible and the figurative, opening doors to a world both sensual and contemplative.


‘In this body of work, I was compelled to explore the primal theme of Light embedded in our connection to watery depths and fiery furnaces. I strive to conjure up a sense of mystery in my works, in order to ignite the imagination of the viewer while I reflect on the aesthetic power of light enhanced through layers of translucent beeswax. Beeswax has been used since ancient times to preserve, protect and seal. The encaustic layering process allows the capturing of the dynamics of flow, light and imagery emerging in unexpected ways, luring the viewer to dive in ghostly pools and through fiery gateways .’


As a student Isabelle has gained a foundation in sculpture, drawing and painting at l’Ecole des Beaux Arts in Poitiers, France and graduated in 2006 with an honours degree in fine arts in Ireland. Since then she has been exhibiting her work extensively nationally and internationally, among others, Northern Ireland, China and France .She is a former member of Artspace in Galway and G126, and is now one of the founding member of Art in studios, East Clare art trail. She is also experienced in conducting group workshops and demonstrations on demand or art enthusiasts, absolute beginners and developing artists alike, wanting to discover a new versatile painting process.


You can view her work at isabellegaborit.com



Opening Reception: Friday 28th April 7 - 9 pm


Encaustic Demonstration 6.30 pm


At 6.30pm, before the Opening Reception, Isabelle will offer a free demonstration of the encaustic process, an ancient painting process using molten beeswax, resins and natural pigments. During this demonstration, Isabelle will introduce the participants to the basics techniques of encaustic painting, sharing its spontaneous virtues of working with textures and colors and its versatility with building up layers.


Isabelle has a devouring passion for this ancient painting process and her passion extends to rekindling and sharing its versatility with art lovers via exhibitions, demonstrations or workshops. There is nothing more delightful to her than eagerly watching the wax melt, releasing her sweet warm aroma in the studio, echoing within her childhood memories of her grandmother beeswax polished floors back in France. She is tapping into something ancient and greater than herself and inviting others to have a glimpse of this world, within and without.


If you are interested in attending this Encaustic Demonstration, please contact Ger on 01-2762039 or by email: exhibitions@signalartscentre.ie.



All Welcome!