Time: March 7, 2014 from 5pm to 8pm
Location: Palette Contemporary Art & Craft
Street: 7400 Montgomery Blvd. NE, Suite 22
Website or Map: http://www.palettecontemporar…
Event Type: art, opening
Organized By: Palette Contemporary Art & Craft
Latest Activity: Dec 28, 2013
Show runs through 4/3/14
Jo Moniz paints and sculpts with encaustic and mixed media. Layers of pigment, beeswax and damar resin create colorful foundations for her vivid paintings. Moniz etches into the encaustic, and occasionally embeds sketches on tissue or rice paper. These layers create both depth and texture, and the translucency of the wax allows a new surface to rise from the panel, creating a liquidity in her work.
Moniz's subject matter is derived from visual experiences. She often abstracts shapes from rural areas, such as crop fields, though her previous profession as an architect influenced her to incorporate geometry into her compositions. She regularly utilizes triangles, circle templates, and rulers. Over the last few years, Moniz has been exploring geometric patterns created by farmland and irrigation systems in eastern Washington, as viewed from an airplane. She now looks at many subjects through this abstract lens. Some of her more recent works were inspired by studies of the Frye Museum in Seattle. Moniz has painted abstractions of its entrance as well as gallery spaces. She continues to look at the world, geometrically, and finds ideas everywhere.
Moniz believes all artists are influenced by everything they see. She is particularly influenced by the works of Henri Matisse, Georgio Morandi, Paul Klee, John Piper, Richard Diebenkorn, Diego Rivera, David Hockney, and Mark Rothko.
Jo has always wanted to work as an artist. She began college as an art major and realized early on that she would need another career to support her art "habit." She pursued architecture as a practical avenue of creativity, and still enjoys it. When architectural work began to dry up, Jo decided this was an opportunity to pursue her art career full-time. She graduated college with a concentration in architecture, and later taught design drawing, which increased her opportunity to practice line sketching, which is regularly used in her pieces.
When creating her paintings, Moniz begins with an idea of what the predominant color palette will be. However, this evolves throughout the process as she studies color proximities and geometry. Frequently, there are many layers of different colors below one object field. The palette she intended is not always recognizable in the final piece. She also studies light and dark patterns to strengthen shapes.
Moniz typically works on one or two pieces at a time. In the case of large triptychs, she works on all three simultaneously. She has been working in larger formats recently, and found that triptychs, or joined panels, are easier to handle, particularly with encaustic media. Presently, she produces about 20 pieces a year.