Fritchen’s collage, encaustic and sculptural assemblages offer us a chance to enjoy the beauty of im
Featured Artist Maureen Fritchen
“All the Time” [triptych], Mixed media and encaustic on panel, Each panel 36”x 9”, Maureen Fritchen
Her strong horizontals and sensitive color ranges suggest landscapes. Yet they are landscapes which are inside themselves. Each work has its own temperature and atmosphere. Repeated forms and patterns occur in micro and macro worlds. These worlds exist side by side. There is a feeling of the record of an organic timeline in the work. There are fields of growth and decay. There are no void spaces in her work. Every space is quietly activated. There is a play of contrasting elements here: opacity and transparency, hard and soft, light and dark. The overall effect is one of calm. There is a sense of archeology. One feels that each area could be excavated for hidden secrets.
Fritchen’s collage, encaustic and sculptural assemblages offer us a chance to enjoy the beauty of imperfection. From her choice of found materials to the application of media the raw quality of the pieces hide the technical craftsmanship.
Fritchen works in what she calls an interchangeable format. She creates many pieces and assembles them to create a larger piece. Fritchen’s Six Hundred [Stir Sticks], included in this years WVA’s Wisconsin Artists Biennial, is such a piece. Seen from a distance, it appears that this is a tapestry hanging on a wall. Closer inspection reveals something entirely different. As the title implies, the piece is made from 600 (continued from page 1) paint laden stir sticks. The piece is raw beauty. Fritchen is currently working on a 10,000 stir stick piece and welcomes any used sticks you might have available.
See more of her work at: www.maureenfritchen.com