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Art: Karen Sapp: Encaustics

December 1, 2017 12:00 am - January 4, 2018 11:59 pm

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Columbus artist Karen Sapp is exhibiting her encaustic paintings at Highline Coffee Art Space in Worthington in December. An artist reception is scheduled for Saturday, December 9, 2-4pm.“The process I use to create my work mimics a personal effort to reveal what’s inside,” Sappexplains. “Scraping away the encaustic medium reveals the marks and colors from the layers of paint underneath. As I do that, I marvel at what I have exposed. Often it’s not intentional, but to me beautiful nonetheless.By revealing myself through my work, I believe I have the ability to help others.”
Sapp says that while her paintings are “about being vulnerable, they also honor those experiences that brought me to this place. Sometimes, I’m conflicted about how much I share, but it doesn’t feel right unless I’m digging deep. I’m most satisfied when I forget about how people might perceive my art. Instead, I get caught up in the smell of burning wax and pigment. When I get lost in the process, I find it comforting and I’m at peace.”
Sapp describes her formal art training as a melange. As a child she spent time making art at school while attending Saturday classes at a local college and going to a neighbor’s house for lessons. Every elective college course was another art or art history class. Even now, when Sapp isn’t painting, she teaches preschoolers to experiment with art materials by using their imagination as a means to release inhibitions.
“We all have stories to tell,” Sapp relates. “Whether the stories are about overcoming pain, feats of bravery, or just daily trials and tribulations,each one of us faces strife in our life. But we also have blessings. If you open yourself up and shed some of the outermost layers, you may find that being authentic is not only liberating but it’s where love is living.”


December 1, 2017 12:00 am
January 4
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Highline Coffee Co.
691 High St
Worthington,43085United States

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