Opening Reception: Friday, Feb 3, 5-8 pm
Exhibit Dates: Feb 3-26, 2017

Portland artist Elise Wagner presents a richly textured body of work in this solo exhibit. Working with wax, Wagner creates interesting plate surfaces which she then inks and prints. After pulling several collagraph prints, the wax collagraph plate is then worked as an encaustic painting.


Printmaking has become an important part of my studio practice. What I enjoy most is its immediacy, sheer spontaneity and element of surprise. Not knowing exactly what will come from a print underlies my overall approach to painting, making way for new conceptual directions to evolve in my work. This way of working enables me to further refine my printmaking skills on my own terms as a painter.

Unearthed, represents a selection of collagraph prints which, through color, imagery and concept, have been informing my encaustic paintings. A conceptual conversation is continually taking place in my studio practice between both disciplines of printmaking and painting.

In putting together this body of work, the word “unearthed” kept coming up; this show embodies the diversity in my approaches toward integrating and marrying encaustic painting with printmaking. Some of the pieces are traditionally framed as prints under glass, others are mounted on board, glazed, color penciled or buried in wax. Still others, take a more 3D approach, showcasing the Plexiglas plates themselves framed in shadowboxes mimicking the print background in the form of an encaustic painting.

The title of the show also signifies my method of process. With each painting exhibition, an edition of prints is unearthed, they are either framed, mounted or turned into paintings. All serve as studies for paintings, or vise-versa which creates a strong dialog that I have grown to thrive on as an artist. This particular body of prints spans five years and were created concurrently with my past five solo exhibitions in Portland, Boston and Seattle. I hope that you enjoy this unique and first, full exhibition of my prints here at A6.