We're very excited to have the beautifully textural and layered encaustics by local artist Rinat Goren up for the month of July. Her abstract work is largely influenced by here move to the United States from Israel as a young adult and rediscovering her core values.  

How did moving to the United States as a young woman inspire you to create and become an artist?

I think that my moving to the US greatly affected my chances of becoming an artist. The culture in the US is very much a culture of making choices. Children here are being asked 'what makes you happy?' and children (or adults) think about their happiness and making choices to fulfill their dreams. I come from a more practical culture. 'do what you are good at' or 'find something practical that will pay the bills'. So coming here, I started to ask my self what makes me happy. I was inspired to listen to my own urges and act accordingly.

Why do you find encaustics so fulfilling as a medium?

From the beginning I mostly worked with collages. Collages are a great way to announce abstract values (Such as your love for people, or your belief in reason). I always tried to layer my collages and beeswax (Encaustic) allows me to do so. The beeswax being translucent allows me to layer my work, gave depth to my work and let light into the pieces.

Which artists do you most admire?

I admire the sculptor David Smith. His work makes me cry! But I admire also anyone who is creative and an inventor not just artists.

What is your favorite song to listen to in the studio?

I rarely listen to songs or music in the studio. I mostly listen to books on tapes and to lectures.

Join us this Friday July 3rd from 5-9 pm to view Rinat's work and enjoy a delicious cocktail from Venus Spirits.