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Allyson Levy
Cacophony 2 (Blue Abstract Motif of Butterfly Wings and Encaustic on Panel)

2017

$1,400

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Contemporary abstract blue encaustic painting on panel made with butterfly wings and natural material Cacophony 2, 2017 12 x 12 inches on wood panel Butterfly wings and blue encaustic on panel Hangs on one d-ring, ready to hang as is This modern, abstract encaustic painting by Allyson Levy is made with blue encaustic and monarch butterfly wings with various hues of gold, beige, tan, and sienna orange. The butterfly wings are encased in a layer of encaustic wax on a bright blue background. The artist begins by finding the organic material in her 4-acre garden in upstate New York which she then arranges and embeds with encaustic on a wooden panel. The wings were laid in a spontaneously circular, abstract design. The encaustic wraps around to the sides of the panel, revealing some bumps and downward drips, accumulated during the natural drying process of the encaustic. The piece is lightweight and is hung on one d-ring. About the artist and her work: After moving to the rural town of Stone Ridge, NY seventeen years ago and starting a 4-acre botantical garden with her husband, mixed media artist, Allyson Levy, has found endless inspiration in the plant kingdom that surrounds her. The garden itself, named “Hortus Conclusus”, consisting of thousands of rare plants and edibles, remains at the epicenter of Levy’s art making. A fascination with earth’s bounty is expressed with her works in encaustic. Assorted organic material such as leaves, seeds, branches, insect wings, and flowers are decoratively arranged in a layer of beeswax, encaustic and pigment. Some panels have richly pigmented backgrounds; specks of gold found in poppy pods reflect off of a mat black base and plum purple contrasts the natural coloration of birch bark. Following her original inspiration based on a 15th century practice of preserving seeds in wax during extended sea voyages, Levy’s intentions are to capture and reflect on a specific moment in the material’s life span. Adding, “from sprout to decay, the viewer is visually confronted with the profoundly beautiful, devastating and inevitable cycle.” Allyson Levy has exhibited with the gallery and regionally since 2000. Artist Statement: Whereas art and life are mere imitations of each other, I can echo that sentiment loudly from my own forest. After relocating to rural upstate New York 17 years ago my life has become completely informed and inspired by my interaction with the plant kingdom. So much so that I became a commercial landscaper , grow a large amount of my own food. and started a botanical garden with my husband. Hortus Conclusus as it is called, has become a Level II Arboretum , specializing in rare fruit plants from around the world. Our goal is for our gardens to be a “Living Textbook”. My art has also followed my life interests using plants as a wellspring for inspiration. My current body of work deals with the properties of found organic materials at various times of the year. It also deals with the processes those materials undergo through nature's transitions; decomposition, sunlight, wind, insects, etc By combining natural materials with wax I am trying to capture human-animal interaction with nature. The treatment of these organic materials along with various techniques of encaustic painting will convey the feeling of particular moments of time and how they reflect human emotions. From sprout to decay, you the viewer are visually confronted with the profoundly beautiful , devastating and inevitable life cycle. My paintings are my attempt to portray and perhaps find beauty and solace in these brief moments. Allyson Levy 2016

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