Denise Bibro Fine Art in Chelsea is pleased to have an exhibition of seven encaustic artists. The materiality of encaustic provides each of these artists a multi-faceted medium, to develop their own visual language.

Sara Crisp’s : work is about “inspiring the sacred, the contemplation of the sacred in the mundane, and exalted in the universal.” Her mixed media encaustic works incorporate delicate, meticulous patterns paired with botanical elements, such as flower petals, stems, and seed pods. Where she previously integrated bones and skeletons in her work, this series is notable for their absence, rendering it more life affirming.

Rachel Friedberg has been exclusively using the encaustic medium as her mode of expression since 1980. She suspends, “ciphers of thought and feeling by negating the familiarity of other mediums.” The quality of luminosity and dullness, optically shallow yet emotionally deep, give her the physical entity in her search for thoughts that can be momentarily suspended in an undifferentiating space. The vulnerability of the human condition has always been part of Friedberg’s creative oeuvre.

Rachel Kohn’s meditative landscapes provoke the viewer to explore cycles of growth and decay. By romanticizing the grotesque and the inevitable course of nature, the viewer can experience both the beautiful and harrowing simultaneously. Kohn’s works deal with energy, light to and from darkness, control of chaos, and the balanced and unbalanced. Her process fuses techniques of sculpture and printmaking on a 2-dimensional surface, combining encaustic with watercolor and aqua resin. This results into complex landscapes of carved layers, revealing and connecting what lies beneath.

Joyce Korotkin’s evocative landscapes, “…hover on the cusp of observation and imagination…” Fueled by the moments of experience, she internalizes and distills memory and sensations to capture intangible moments in wax. The luminosity, translucence, and visceral texture of wax help in creating her beautiful atmospheric compositions.

Karen Nielsen-Fried’s work depicts the interconnected web of all things that is largely obscured by the constrictions of the mundane. She examines, synthesizes, and creates her non-verbal response to the complex experience of being in encaustic. Geometry is a constantly recurring visual element in her work. Her “intuitive geometries” suggest the vast possibilities of form, and a celebration of color. Her visual lexicon often includes fragments of imagery, diagrams, painted paper ephemera, and blackboards with ghostly remnants of written and drawn things. Hinting a narrative, but remaining intentionally ambiguous. She wants her work, “…to lead to a consideration of the profound effects of beauty and mystery in the context of impermanence and the passage of time…”

Tom Sime : The two series represented in this exhibition employ encaustic materials and his interest in nature’s structure and systems. From skeletons and cell division to atoms and microbes, encaustic renders his sense of the blurry border between the organic and the inert, and between different scales, epics, and species. Sime’s works are sculptural encaustics, brushed with pigmented beeswax onto surface. Paint squeezed through various tools, or straight from the tube, makes the basic design. Pinched, moved, squashed, sculptured, shaved, and otherwise manipulated, they are fixed on the framework prior to painting and pouring encaustic layers that enhance texture and content.

Deborah Winiarski’s mixed-media encaustic compositions are infused with color, form, and line by adding layers of translucent wax with torn papers and fabrics. The surfaces are deep and textured. Pigmented papers and fabrics are twisted, crumbled, cut, and torn, and then imbued with layers of wax, providing various depths of field. Winiarski’s imagery is grounded, yet fragile, and silently captures motion. She seeks to challenge the stability of structure itself.


Encaustic Group Show
May 15 - June 14, 2014
Opens May 15, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Lines Written II

Deborah Winiarski, Lines Written II, 2012

Untitled (Floral/Pattern)

Sara Crisp, Untitled (Floral/Pattern), 2014

Untitled (Paper Piece 1)

Sara Crisp, Untitled (Paper Piece 1), 2014

Untitled (Butterfly/ Floral)

Sara Crisp, Untitled (Butterfly/ Floral), 2013-14

Untitled (Sea/Change)

Sara Crisp, Untitled (Sea/Change), 2013-14

Early Morning

Rachel Friedberg, Early Morning, 2008


Rachel Friedberg, Bourka, 2005

If Malevich Was A Woman

Rachel Friedberg, If Malevich Was A Woman, 2007

Kayla's Skirt

Rachel Friedberg, Kayla's Skirt, 2008

The Red Pocket

Rachel Friedberg, The Red Pocket, 2008

Boulevard of Broken Dreams

Rachel Friedberg, Boulevard of Broken Dreams, 2001

White Light

Rachel Friedberg, White Light, 2008


Rachel Friedberg, Madonna, 2007

Pink Roof

Rachel Friedberg, Pink Roof, 2001


Rachel Friedberg, Suburbia, 2001

Blue Window

Rachel Friedberg, Blue Window, 2001

Beneath What We Know I

Rachel Kohn, Beneath What We Know I, 2011

Beneath What We Know II

Rachel Kohn, Beneath What We Know II, 2011

Beneath What We Know III

Rachel Kohn, Beneath What We Know III, 2011

Corrugated Landscape I

Rachel Kohn, Corrugated Landscape I, 2012

Corrugated Landscape II

Rachel Kohn, Corrugated Landscape II, 2012

Linear Landscape II

Rachel Kohn, Linear Landscape II, 2012

Linear Landscape VI

Rachel Kohn, Linear Landscape VI, 2013

Linear Landscape IX

Rachel Kohn, Linear Landscape IX, 2013

Linear Landscape XI

Rachel Kohn, Linear Landscape XI, 2014

Linear Landscape XIII

Rachel Kohn, Linear Landscape XIII, 2014

Linear Landscape XVI

Rachel Kohn, Linear Landscape XVI, 2014

Reflections of a Diamond

Rachel Kohn, Reflections of a Diamond, 2012

Spirit Scape

Rachel Kohn, Spirit Scape, 2012

Unconditional Love II

Rachel Kohn, Unconditional Love II, 2014

Linear Landscape IV

Rachel Kohn, Linear Landscape IV, 2012

Evocations #57

Joyce Korotkin, Evocations #57 , 2000

Evocations #63

Joyce Korotkin, Evocations #63, 2001

Evocations #43

Joyce Korotkin, Evocations #43 , 2001

Tabula Rasa #15

Joyce Korotkin, Tabula Rasa #15, 2013

Tabula Rasa #6

Joyce Korotkin, Tabula Rasa #6, 2011

Slice 5

Tom Sime, Slice 5, 2000


Deborah Winiarski, Fenestra, 2012


Deborah Winiarski, Canto, 2010

All The Names

Deborah Winiarski, All The Names, 2010

On The Heights

Deborah Winiarski, On The Heights, 2012


Deborah Winiarski, Wind-Bird, 2011

Subject to Change

Deborah Winiarski, Subject to Change, 2012

Twice Out Loud

Deborah Winiarski, Twice Out Loud, 2012


Deborah Winiarski, Birdsong, 2012

Wild Divine

Deborah Winiarski, Wild Divine, 2012

Whistle Rising

Deborah Winiarski, Whistle Rising, 2012

Ennead I

Deborah Winiarski, Ennead I, 2011

Ennead II

Deborah Winiarski, Ennead II, 2011

Ennead III

Deborah Winiarski, Ennead III, 2011

Ennead IV

Deborah Winiarski, Ennead IV, 2011

Ennead V

Deborah Winiarski, Ennead V, 2011

Ennead VI

Deborah Winiarski, Ennead VI, 2011

Ennead VII

Deborah Winiarski, Ennead VII, 2011

Ennead VIII

Deborah Winiarski, Ennead VIII, 2011

Ennead IX

Deborah Winiarski, Ennead IX, 2011


Deborah Winiarski, Thoughtkeeper, 2012


Deborah Winiarski, Timechanger, 2012

Wild Lupine

Deborah Winiarski, Wild Lupine, 2012


Karen Nielsen-Fried, Wing, 2014

Remainder of Days

Karen Nielsen-Fried, Remainder of Days , 2014


Karen Nielsen-Fried, Separation, 2013


Karen Nielsen-Fried, Addendum, 2013

Thesis #1

Karen Nielsen-Fried, Thesis #1, 2013

Thesis #2

Karen Nielsen-Fried, Thesis #2, 2013


Karen Nielsen-Fried, Legacy, 2013


Karen Nielsen-Fried, Tracery, 2013


Karen Nielsen-Fried, Elegy, 2013

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