Joanne Mattera

Joanne’s work is in the collections of the New Britain Museum of American Art, Connecticut; Montclair Art Museum, New Jersey; Connecticut College Print Department; University Collections at the University of Albany; Wheaton College, Norton, Mass.; the U.S. State Department, Washington, D.C.; and institutional and private collections internationally.

Silk Road is chromatically juicy and compositionally reductive. I refer to it only partly tongue in cheek as “lush minimalism.” Each painting in the ongoing series is a small color field achieved by layers of translucent wax paint applied at right angles. The series, which I began in 2005, was inspired by the shimmery quality of iridescent silk, hence the title, but quickly evolved into more expansive explorations of hue and surface. In plying a richness of paint against the austerity of a (very subtle) grid, I set in motion a small-scale dynamic in which more and less jostle for primacy.

"Silk Road 318,” Encaustic on panel 12" x 12"
“Silk Road 318,” Encaustic on panel 12″ x 12”
"Silk Road 322,” Encaustic on panel 12" x 12"
“Silk Road 322,” Encaustic on panel 12″ x 12”
"Silk Road 324,” Encaustic on panel 12" x 12"
“Silk Road 324,” Encaustic on panel 12″ x 12”
"Silk Road 357,” Encaustic on panel 18" x 18"
“Silk Road 357,” Encaustic on panel 18″ x 18”
"Silk Road 362,” Encaustic on panel 12" x 12"
“Silk Road 362,” Encaustic on panel 12″ x 12”
"Silk Road 363,” Encaustic on panel 12" x 12"
“Silk Road 363,” Encaustic on panel 12″ x 12”
"Silk Road 364,” Encaustic on panel 12" x 12"
“Silk Road 364,” Encaustic on panel 12″ x 12”
"Silk Road 365,” Encaustic on panel 12" x 12"
“Silk Road 365,” Encaustic on panel 12″ x 12”
"Silk Road 366,” Encaustic on panel 12" x 12"
“Silk Road 366,” Encaustic on panel 12″ x 12”
"Silk Road 368,” Encaustic on panel 12" x 12"
“Silk Road 368,” Encaustic on panel 12″ x 12”
"Silk Road 369,” Encaustic on panel 12" x 12"
“Silk Road 369,” Encaustic on panel 12″ x 12”
"Silk Road 372,” Encaustic on panel 12" x 12"
“Silk Road 372,” Encaustic on panel 12″ x 12”
"Silk Road 373,” Encaustic on panel 12" x 12"
“Silk Road 373,” Encaustic on panel 12″ x 12”
"Silk Road 377,” Encaustic on panel 12" x 12"
“Silk Road 377,” Encaustic on panel 12″ x 12”
"Silk Road 378,” Encaustic on panel 12" x 12"
“Silk Road 378,” Encaustic on panel 12″ x 12”
"Silk Road 417,” Encaustic on panel 18" x 18"
“Silk Road 417,” Encaustic on panel 18″ x 18”
"Silk Road 420,” Encaustic on panel 18" x 18"
“Silk Road 420,” Encaustic on panel 18″ x 18”
"Silk Road 425,” Encaustic on panel 18" x 18"
“Silk Road 425,” Encaustic on panel 18″ x 18”

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