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Judith Kindler: Its the Law

Atelier 31, Kirkland
Jul 12, 2001 - Aug 7, 2001


Judith Kindler, Defamation (2001),
encaustic painting

"An act for preventing great inconveniences which may happen by the lofs or uncertainty of the bounds of land." This quote is torn from an 1800 law book and embedded in the encaustic paintings of Judith Kindler. Kindler will present twelve 6 1/2 • 3 foot panels in her exhibition inspired by an antique book on the original U.S. laws.

Kindler's new work introduces conceptual and narrative life-scale portraits focused on her interest in the personality. In her preparation, Kindler chooses a model and "a persona" to be digitally photographed. (In one example, Brian Wallace, the curator of the Bellevue Art Museum was chosen). She then projects the life size image on to canvas.

Kindler's narrative is created by adding panels on top of the main structure and inscribing referential images into wax. "I wanted to work in encaustics because I felt they would force me to loosen up from the strictures of classical realism combined with spatial abstraction," Kindler says. She burns in wax, heated and reheated, creating transparent layers that are highly volatile. The imagery is worked with scratched lines similar to those of Mary Cassatt's aquatint and dry-point etchings. These scratches suggest imperfection and chaos.

Our obsession with hedonism, perfectionism coupled with an inability to find pleasure in one's achievements are themes explored in these works.

© Robert Peterson