Jane Allen Nodine, a nationally recognized artist and professor of art at the University of South Carolina Upstate, will present an exhibition of recent work from Nov. 1 – 27 in the Artist Guild Gallery at the Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg.
Titled Thermal Response, the exhibition is a selection of work developed over the past three years that uses encaustic wax. A mixture of beeswax and resin, encaustic wax has a long history of applications dating back to the Fayum mummy portraits of Egypt from 100 – 300 AD.
“After many years of using acrylic based mediums, I became dissatisfied with the synthetic and plastic barrier quality of the material. Seeking a more satisfying solution I came to wax for its aesthetic qualities and properties of malleability. I was drawn to the cerebral and physiological breadth of beeswax that has a rich history of application, symbolism, mystique, and direct ties to the natural world,” said Nodine.
Her years of working as a jewelry–metal smith gave her a keen sense of heat as a tool and the molten wax is satisfying as a medium that moves easily from a liquid state to a firm and durable material that can be cut, carved or polished.
Nodine, who is also the gallery director of the Curtis R. Harley Gallery on the USC upstate campus, has her work included in numerous collections including the Medical University of South Carolina, Equitable Life Assurance Society, Stadtsparkasse Bank – Germany, and the South Carolina State Art Collection. In 1999 she was selected by the South Carolina State Museum and the South Carolina Arts Commission as one of the One Hundred Most Significant Artists in South Carolina During the 20th Century. In 2002 she was awarded a Belle W. Baruch Visiting Scholar Fellowship to Hobcaw Barony Plantation in Georgetown, S.C. Nodine received an NEA/SECCA Southeastern Seven IV Fellowship from the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art and two South Carolina Arts Commission Artist Fellowships. Prior to joining the university she owned and operated Jane Nodine Hardwear, a full-service jewelry design and manufacturing company. More details on the artist can be found on her website, www.janenodine.com.
The Artist Guide Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.