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Visiting artist Gina Adams shares methods of painting with hot wax

US Visiting Artist Gina Adams leads a workshop

USM visiting artist Gina Adams recently showed students a variety of methods of painting encaustic -— using pigment and hot wax.

The hands-on workshop included several techniques including the basics, relief, and image transfer.

"Encaustics are so intensive- this workshop helps to provide insight into a variety of mediums that can be incorporated." student Kenneth Davis after the session, held Nov. 4 with Advanced Studio Art students.

Student working on encaustic projectAn installation of Adams' work, "Its Honor is Here Pledged: Broken Treaty Quilts," is currently on display in the AREA
in the Woodbury Campus Center in Portland through Dec. 9.

There, Adams' art is primarily inspired by and deeply committed to the memory of her White Earth Ojibwa grandfather. The Native North American history of forced assimilation, along with the intimate process of making, drives her project of making quilts excerpting broken treaties from each of the US states. Seven quilts are featured here, including a Maine quilt referencing broken Wabanaki land claims treaties.

Gina Adams' cross-media, hybrid artwork is exhibited extensively throughout the US and Europe and resides in many public and private collections.

USM visiting artist Gina Adams with students

The internationally renowned art critic Lucy Lippard wrote the introduction for Adam's artwork in the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art Exhibition Its Honor Is Here Pledged. This 2015 exhibition gave Adams' Broken Treaty Quilts prominent recognition in the contemporary art world. She is currently a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow, a resident at Santa Fe Artist Institute Residency, and Faculty in Visual Arts at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado.