“I do not seek – I find.”
Seeking – that is starting out from the already known and wanting to find what is already known in the new. Finding – that is completely new!
The new also in the movement. All paths are open and what is found is unknown. It is a venture, a holy adventure!Pablo Picasso
The subject of my artistic work is transformation. My heart beats for the abstract expressionists of the 20th century, and I develop my abstract vocabulary through the exploration of natural materials and an intuitive and process-oriented approach. Various building materials, stone dust, swamp (pit) lime, sands, and pigments provide the foundation – wax, through its transparency, allows insight into the depths of a work’s process. All materials are important components of my contemporary interpretation of the ancient techniques of encaustic and fresco painting.
On my path as a self-taught artist and personal transformation, I am inspired by Gabriele Musebrink, who has brought me closer to the subtlety of building materials and opened up the world of intuitive process painting and structures. The mentoring of Michael David supports me in the constant exploration of my limits, and on the way to understanding why I do what I do.
I have been represented by the gallery “frontofbicycle” in Basel since 2017. I am a member of the Swiss Society of Women Visual Artists (SGBK), the International Encaustic Association (IEA) and a founding member of the European Chapter of the IEA in 2022.
In Switzerland, my works were shown at various group exhibitions of frontofbicycle in Basel, and at ARTE Binningen. Internationally, I was invited to present my encaustic works at the juried shows of the International Encaustic Conference in Provincetown (“Trans” in 2018), Atlantic Gallery in New York (“Re-Building in 2020”), and Trevisan International Art Gallery in Bologna (“Little Treasures” in 2019).
Since 2019 I have been teaching wax painting techniques (encaustic and cold wax) in my studio kunstfreiraum in Oberwil, as well as at various art academies in Germany, Austria, Ireland, and the USA. In 2020 we published the first comprehensive online workshops on the topics of encaustic and cold wax painting. Since 2023, I have been an Artist Instructor for R&F Handmade Paints, the world leader in encaustic paints.
Four-week residency in Kingston (at R&F Handmade Paints), Truro (Castle Hill Center of the Arts with Michael David) and in Tiverton with Kelly Milukas in the USA, September 2022.
Fabrik am See, Academy for Contemporary Art, Germany, Gabriele Musebrink, “TAO”, June 2020
Truro Center of the Arts at Castle Hill, Truro, USA, Lia Rothstein „Encaustic & Cold Wax, a Sensational Synergy“, May 2019
Zijedlings, Tilburg, NL, Dietlind Van der Schaaf „Transparencies, Layers and See Throughs“, Encaustic Workshop, April 2019
Fabrik am See, Academy for Contemporary Art, Germany, Gabriele Musebrink, “Licht in Grau-Weiss-Modulationen”, November 2018
Truro Center of the Arts at Castle Hill, Truro, USA, Jodi Reeb „Alternative Surfaces“, June 2018
Truro Center of the Arts at Castle Hill, Truro, USA, Susan Lasch Krevitt „Cyanotypes“, June 2018
Alicia Tormey, „Learn to Burn“, February 2018
Geistreich, Dortmund, Gabriele Musebrink, „Master Class Steinzeichen“, March 2017
Fabrik am See, Academy for Contemporary Art, Germany, Gabriele Musebrink, “Stille und Kraft”, October 2016
Fabrik am See, Academy for Contemporary Art, Germany, Gabriele Musebrink, Masterclass “Der Zenstrick in Aufgebrochenes”, August 2015
„Le Grand Bleu“ with Ines Hildur in St. Paul de Vence, France, April 2014
Fabrik am See, Academy for Contemporary Art, Germany, Gabriele Musebrink “Die haptische Herausforderung mit dem Extremen”, March 2014
Fabrik am See, Academy for Contemporary Art, Germany, Gabriele Musebrink “Dem Unvorhersehbaren auf der Spur”, April 2013
Kunstfabrik Wien, Austria, Gabriele Musebrink “Dem Unvorhersehbaren auf der Spur”, February 2013
“Mystische Enkaustik”, Aare Galerie, Winznau, April 2022
Ceramics meet Encaustic, Exhibition with Mimi Wyss, Basel, December 2021
(Re-)BUILDING, Juried Exhibition Atlantic Gallery, New York, July 2021
frontofbicycle „Room to Breathe“ , Galerie Katapult, Basel, April 2021
Trevisan International Art, „The Illusion of Reality“, Bologna, December 2019
frontofbicycle, PopUp Gallery Rheinsprung, Basel, April 2019
arte binningen, Binningen, November 2018
frontofbicycle @ Voltahalle, Voltahalle, Basel, November 2018
“Trans”, Juried Exhibition Truro Center of the Arts, Provincetown, June 2018
frontofbicycle „14 Artists & a Silver Birch“ , Braswell Art Center, Basel, April 2018
frontofbicycle „Art meets Glenfiddich“ , Braswell Art Center, Basel, November 2017
frontofbicycle „Pop Up Gallery, Basel, March 2017