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Untitled L917
Rana Rochat
Untitled L917
2019 | encaustic on panel | 54x48 | $9000

Layers of encaustic wax and oil paint are the dynamic duo that produces an intense sense of depth and dimension signature to the work of Rana Rochat. Whimsical shapes and objective marks dance upon and between her layered surfaces. Taking cue from the manifesto of non-objective art, Rochat aims to leave the door open for interpretation, mystery and getting cozy with those gut-feelings.

“Within an environment of deep light and color, my goal is to create an experience that is pre-verbal -- promoting pictorial awareness instead of any explicit formatting of perceptual experiences into narratives. I like to think of my paintings as visual poems.”

Rochat’s process is layered: she methodically builds the surfaces by marking each layer with line and form, sanding it, burnishing with a heated iron and then repeating that process until she feels the painting is complete. Her marks and forms go together as fluidly as her chosen mediums. Completion means balance, rhythm, expression­­­– basically, the perfect relationship.

A native Memphian, Rochat graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in printmaking and painting. She returned to painting 20 years ago after time in the t-shirt making biz. You can check out her recent work on her website (ranarochat.com) featuring five new works whose profits will be donated to various Covid-19 relief organizations. Support an artist, support your neighbors!

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