Two artists share common inspiration but bring nature to fruition singly | Arts | jhnewsandguide.com

2023-02-22 06:09:14 By : Mr. kalo chen

Bridgette Meinhold shows new Teton encaustics as part of a two-woman showcase, “Thresholds & Dawns,” at Gallery Wild. This is her “Larger World View,” 36 by 54 inches.

Nina Tichava shares a showcase with Bridgette Meinhold at Gallery Wild. This is Tichava’s 60-by-60-inch “The Sun Above You, The Snow and Stalled Sea,” from her Lantern Series, which incorporates acrylic, ink, charcoal, graphite, pen, paper collage, copper and brass on panel. Alternator Slip Ring

Two artists share common inspiration but bring nature to fruition singly | Arts | jhnewsandguide.com

Bridgette Meinhold shows new Teton encaustics as part of a two-woman showcase, “Thresholds & Dawns,” at Gallery Wild. This is her “Larger World View,” 36 by 54 inches.

Nina Tichava shares a showcase with Bridgette Meinhold at Gallery Wild. This is Tichava’s 60-by-60-inch “The Sun Above You, The Snow and Stalled Sea,” from her Lantern Series, which incorporates acrylic, ink, charcoal, graphite, pen, paper collage, copper and brass on panel.

Bridgette Meinhold and Nina Tichava return to Gallery Wild for a joint winter show that focuses on a technique that takes cues from the many layers found in the artists’ common inspiration — the natural world.

At first glance Meinhold and Tichava, who are good friends, seem to share little in common. But in “Thresholds & Dawns,” which opens Thursday, followed by a 4-7 p.m. Friday reception, both push their mediums to explore the spatial relationships they observe in the natural world.

Gallery owner Carrie Wild sees parallels in the two bodies of work.

“The paintings go very well together,” she said, “and they both have some similarities. The two are very focused on depth within their work and with a lot of layers.”

Meinhold is an encaustic painter, working with a mixture of beeswax and tree resin, so layering is a given.

“And then, in between those layers, she’ll use a milk-based paint, which she can use a torch with to get all of the moisture out before adding another layer of the wax,” Wild said.

Most of Meinhold’s work is inspired by the Tetons; she comes out every winter to paint here.

Meinhold earned a BS in mechanical engineering from San Diego State University, and an MS in civil and environmental engineering from Stanford University. She pursued a career as a sustainable business consultant with an additional focus on wind energy expansion.

“She and her husband live in this little A-frame that only has summer access,” Wild said. “She lives and breathes this scenery, and her love for the experience translates into her work in the layers of trees, mountains, sunrises and sunsets, all sorts of things.

“[Tichava’s] work has a little bit more variability in its subject matter,” she said. “It’s inspired by nature as well, but it translates in a much more abstract way.”

Tichava was raised in both rural northern New Mexico and the Bay Area in California, and was influenced by her father, a construction worker and mathematician, and her mother, an artist and designer. Tichava received her BFA from California College of Arts and Crafts in San Francisco and Oakland. She lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In 2007 she was awarded the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award Grant.

Using painting and printmaking techniques, Tichava uses a variety of media to reticulate her drawings and collages. Her work is composed of complex layers, many of which are over-painted and concealed.

One notable characteristic is her application of thousands of beads of paint, painstakingly and individually applied with a brush and used to create screens and patterns.

“She’ll start with different lengths in the background and then cover that with a clear coat of a pouring medium to help separate it from the next layer,” Wild said. “And there’s lots and lots of dots and lines on her pieces too, which are all hand done.”

Another defining characteristic of Tichava’s art that Wild loves is her ability to articulate a piece in any direction that art owners wish to hang it.

“This is unique in art because you can’t always do this, just hang them upside down, vertically or horizontally.”

Tichava’s printmaking background is prominent in the prismatic renderings of colors and shapes that have evolved from her color studies. She commits several mediums to a single panel, incorporating acrylic, ink, charcoal, graphite, pen, paper collage, copper and brass into one cohesive viewing experience.

“Nina has the botanical series,” Wild said, “which takes on a feeling of aspen trees with the leaves going across. And then she has the capsule series, which represents water. And then there is her Lantern Series, which presents more round circles that take on the feeling of sun, moons, planets and stars.”

With close examination, the juxtaposition of the two artists seems to work, with Meinhold offering a macro view of wild landscapes and Tichava’s micro approach to similar wild elements. 

Contact Tibby Plasse via 732-7078 or entertainment@jhnewsandguide.com.

Bridgette Meinhold and Nina Tichava: 'Thresholds & Dawns'

Thursday-Feb. 27; artist reception on 4-7 p.m. Friday

Since moving to Jackson Hole in 1992, Richard has covered everything from local government and criminal justice to sports and features. He currently concentrates on arts and entertainment, heading up the Scene section.

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