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by Kathleen Menéndez

Pyrography News From Around the World

Newsletter No. 23, Page One of Three


Page One:
- Katherine Boland: Her New Exhibit On Fire

Page Two:
- M. Jordan Tierney: at the National Museum of Women in the Arts

Page Three:
- Ivan Govaerts: Figurative and Ornamental Art
- Kenneth E. Wooten: Folk Style Decorative Art

Katherine Boland: Her New Exhibit On Fire

by Katherine Boland

Pyrography and color on wood panel

Image courtesy of the artist

A New Solo Show

Australian abstract artist, Katherine Boland of Melbourne is once more exhibiting her work at the ARTEFACT International gallery on Fitzroy Street in the elegant St. Kilda district of Melbourne. On Fire is the first exhibition in her successful career where she has shown works incorporating pyrographic techniques.

Her solo exhibition of strong abstract images, Katherine says, "relates to fire on many levels." The powerful images she projects in her Artist's Statement offer further testimony to the depth of her art work.

by Katherine Boland

Pyrography and color on wood panel

Image courtesy of the artist

Technical Aspects

Katherine's mixed media abstract works, which sell for about AUS$5000, are large, generally about 135 cm. by 115 cm. (4 ft. 6 in. by 3 ft. 10 in.).

Regarding her materials and techniques, she says, "I use a lot of bitumen paint, gold leaf, wood stains and liming solution on the wood panels as well as wood burning and blow torching."

Because of her newfound interest in pyrography and her considerations about where she might go with it in her art work, Katherine is looking to study more about the technique itself to explore its possibilities:

She says, "I am so much looking forward to continuing working with pyrography and learning more about it from the International Association of Pyrographic Artists (IAPA). I have already been given some tips by artists on the site. I am really interested in hearing from artists in Paris or Barcelona who are using pyrography. I have a good chance of winning an Australian Arts Council studio residency to either of these places if I can find some one there who is working professionally in this field and is prepared to teach me more about pyrography."

Ritual, detail
by Katherine Boland

Pyrography on wood panel

Image courtesy of the artist

Final Notes and References

"The show is a great success," Katherine wrote enthusiastically in mid March of this year, " with some pieces selling as I was hanging the exhibition! I have now sold almost half of the works with still a few remaining days of the exhibition to go."

To see Katherine's striking abstracts in Melbourne, contact Anita Traverso at the ARTEFACT International Gallery in Melbourne.

View more pieces of Katherine Boland's work on line in the Katherine Boland Salon in the E-Museum of Pyrographic Art.

The motivation for the turn in Katherine Boland's career is palpable in this excerpt from her Artist's Statement:

" The most dominant and emotional element affecting my work at the moment is the end of a twenty-seven year relationship; its demise ignited by a fatal fire over two years ago, all subsequent events fuelled by the devastation. The sense of impermanence . . . becomes even more vivid as my art and I embark on a new journey. At once scared and excited."

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2003, Kathleen M. Garvey Menéndez, all rights reserved.