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July 19, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
AOE GALLERY SEASON
Anna Wagner-Ott’s studio stands beside a pristine lake near Algonquin Park so she has a view of the reflections of the sky over the lake and the color variations of the hillside that surrounds her. These views inspire her and she abstracts aspects of the land, sky, and water in each artwork. Additionally she is fascinated with woven textiles and art quilts so weavings and fabric constructions are the other source of inspiration for her paintings. Each painting begins with a landscape and then she meticulously paints a weaving design over that landscape. Her paintings address the connection between coverings and barriers as metaphors.
Encaustic is her painting process and was used to paint the Egyptian Fayum Mummy Portraits during 100-300 AD. Before discovering Encaustic Wagner-Ott had only used oil paint so she did not know how to paint with a medium that cooled and hardened instantly when brushed onto the surface of a panel.
In 2013 she took a workshop at the International Encaustic Conference and learned the basics of painting with hot liquid wax. She enjoys the sculptural process of scraping back and building up layers of wax with a blade, using pigment sticks and adding transparent and opaque layers of colours.
Anna Wagner-Ott studied fine art at the University of Alberta and has a PhD in art education from Penn State University. She had a tenured teaching position in the art department at California State University in Sacramento. Throughout 25 years of teaching she kept a professional presence in the art world by having solo exhibitions at the National Exhibition in Fredericton, the Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa, the Guild Gallery in Toronto, the California State University Union Gallery in Sacramento, and the Fine Art Centre in Sacramento. Additionally, she participated in numerous juried exhibitions. Since retiring in 2012, Wagner-Ott became a full-time artist and maintains an art studio in Barry’s Bay, Ontario, Canada.