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  • Abstract images of the familiar on display at DCCA

  • Inspired by vintage magazines and posters, artist Anne Oldach merges elements of collage and encaustic paint for the Delaware Center of the Contemporary Arts’ Elizabeth Denison Hatch Gallery.

     


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  • Inspired by vintage magazines and posters, artist Anne Oldach merges elements of collage and encaustic paint for the Delaware Center of the Contemporary Arts’ Elizabeth Denison Hatch Gallery.
    With the exhibit opening Mar. 1, Oldach is eager to explain her artwork. Essentially, Oldach follows a four-step process in creating her artwork. First, she places a mat board or watercolor paper on a wood art panel. Then she browses through vintage magazines like Life Magazine and selects familiar images that catch her eye. Thirdly, the collage process begins, as magazine clippings are layered on mat board.
    Once the pictures are layers on the board, Oldach mixes encaustic paint with rosin, which glues the clippings together. Although there’s not a connection between the images in the collage, the beauty of the finished product is that people will able to associate the familiar images with moments from their past, she said.
    “At the end of the process, there’s really a desire to have the piece ambiguous enough that many people will find something different about it,” she said. “It’s more open to interpretation, opposed to having an answer.
    Oldach, who began her career in clay sculpting, shifted to collage painting because she could experiment with using more colors and abstract concepts.

    IF YOU GO

    WHAT Elizabeth Denison Hatch Gallery

    WHEN Mar. 1-27

    WHERE Delaware Center of the Contemporary Arts, 200 South Madison Street, Wilmington

    COST Free

    INFO www.thedcca.org

    “It was a big jump to go from 3-D to flatwork,” she said. “I’ve always been jealous of painters, since they can play with color in their medium. I’m someone who’s enormously attracted to colors and love being able to manipulate my environment.”
    While Oldach is excited to display her artwork at the Hatch Gallery – named for DCCA patrons Elizabeth and Dennis Hatch – she also expects that not all spectators will like her abstract pieces.
    “You put yourself on the line when you put your art in a public space,” she said. “I’m a happy-nervous.”
     

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