Depth Perception

Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, Massachusetts, 2017

Co-curated with Cherie Mittenthal


Originally published May 16, 2017


Lynda Ray

Banded Iron, 2015, encaustic on panel, 12 x 24 inches

"Depth Perception" refers not only to the physical way three-dimensional work is experienced from different vantage points but to the way a two-dimensional surface can be developed to suggest dimension, either through perspective on a flat plane or by the buildup of the surface into high or low relief. If you find yourself on Cape Cod between now and June 4, please stop in at the Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis to see Depth Perception, the 19-artist exhibition of painting and sculpture that I co-curated with artist Cherie Mittenthal. 

Considering depth in two and three dimensions. From left: Carol Pelletier, Cherie Mittenthal, Susan Lasch Krevitt

(on pedestal) and Wayne Montecalvo

Panoramic view of Depth Perception

Depth Perception is timed to coincide with the International Encaustic Conference in Provincetown, an annual event I founded that is now directed by Mittenthal. All of the artists in the exhibition work in the medium of encaustic, sometimes in concert with other materials. In curating this exhibition, which brings together dimension in its real and perceived states, we underscore the idea that there is no such thing as "encaustic art" (a dreaded hobby concept) but simply that wax is a particularly effective medium by which ideas can be realized in contemporary art.


The exhibiting artists are Pamela Blum, Steven J. Cabral, Karen Freedman, Lorraine Glessner, Jane Guthridge, Susan Lasch Krevitt, Sandi Miot, Wayne Montecalvo, Laura Moriarty, Nancy Natale, Carol Pelletier, Lisa Pressman, Lynda Ray, Stephanie Roberts-Camello, Toby Sisson, Dietlind Vander Schaaf, Janise Yntema, and the two curators, Mittenthal and me. This exhibition of modestly scaled works is installed in the intimate Polhemus Savery DaSilva Gallery.

On wall from left: Janise Yntema, Pamela Blum, Lorraine Glessner, Stephanie Roberts-Camello; on pedestal: Sandi Miot

Sandi Miot

Detail of Purple Biome, 2016, wax and mixed media

Janise Yntema

Hallwood, 2017, encaustic on panel

Pamela Blum

Limb #2 and Limb #3, both 2016; encaustic, oil, plaster on armature, and mixed media

Continuing clockwise: Glessner, Roberts-Camello, Toby Sisson, Nancy Natale

Lorraine Glessner

Pink Snow, 2015; encaustic, collage, and mixed media on panel

Stephanie Roberts-Camello

Revision, 2016, encaustic relief on panel

Toby Sisson

grow inward like a root II and III, both 2017, encaustic monotype on paper mounted on panel

Nancy Natale

Passage, 2015; encaustic, leather, rubber and mixed media

The wall opposite the entrance: Joanne Mattera, Lisa Pressman, Steven J. Cabral; on pedestal: Laura Moriarty

Joanne Mattera

Chromatic Geometry 40, 2016, encaustic on panel

Lisa Pressman

Stop It, 2017, encaustic on panel

Steven J. Cabral

Ukiyo 6, encaustic and oil on panel

Laura Moriarty

Detail of Runaround, 2017, encaustic

Dietlind Vander Schaaf, Karen Freedman; foreground: Laura Moriarty

Photo: Stephanie Roberts-Camello

Vander Schaaf, Freedman; on pedestal: Jane Guthridge

Dietlind Vander Schaaf

Vatn 4, 2017, encaustic and oil on panel

Karen Freedman

Ruche 0352.127, 2016, encaustic and casein on panel

Jane Guthridge

Changing Light 3, 2017; Dura-Lar, encaustic, and archival inkjet on Kozo papers

Carol Pelletier, Mittenthal, Lasch Krevitt, Montecalvo

Carol Pelletier

Burned Ground, 2017, oil and cold wax on panel

Cherie Mittenthal

House with Chair, 2017; encaustic, rubber, and mixed media on panel

Susan Lasch Krevitt

Bound Trio, 2015; rubber, textiles, and encaustic

Wayne Montecalvo

Say That Again, 2017; watercolor, coffee stain, acrylic, ink, encaustic on handmade and Tengucho papers



A catalog (cover abovet and spread below), viewable at no cost in its entirety, is available online here. My essay and the artists' statements provide more information about the work in the exhibition, and there are forewords by co-curator Mittenthal and museum director, Edith A. Tonelli. Take a look.


Cover design: Jane Guthridge; catalog design: Karen Freedman; editor: Joanne Mattera