Friesen+Lantz Fine Art
Moving Heaven & Earth
FRIESEN+LANTZ FINE ART PRESENTS A BOLD NEW BODY OF WORK FROM BOISE-BASED ENCAUSTIC ARTIST SUZANNE HAZLETT. Encaustic painting is a technique dating back to the Greeks, blending fire with wax pigment to fuse the material with a rigid surface. “I am a rock climber and a stargazer seeking a balance between celestial inspiration and earthly reality,” says Hazlett. “Incorporated in this collection are influences from stone, land formations, skyscapes, and atmosphere, as well as stars and nebulae.”
This will be Hazlett’s first solo exhibition at Friesen+Lantz, where owner and director Yanna Lantz has been known to challenge the boundaries of traditional, contemporary art curation. This mission aligns harmoniously with Hazlett’s craft. “Familiar contemporary paint media include tubes of oils, bottles of acrylic, and cakes of watercolors,” she says. “To create art with encaustic materials requires possession of ancient knowledge. Wax and pigments in the painting are one of the oldest art forms. I am challenging the expected confines of painting with a new perspective.”
The most intriguing aspect of Hazlett’s work is the freedom for self-curation. Pieces can be rearranged to spark new and provocative visual conversations, an enticing prospect for collectors who can experiment with different alignments in their homes and spaces.
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