Wunderkammer

Washington, CT, September 8 - January 5, 2013
Gunn Memorial Library and Museum

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Litchfield County Times Article- Scott Bricher's New Show Shares his 'Wunderkammer'

Exhibition Statement
A number of years ago I had a dream in which I found myself in an upper room overlooking an overcast cobblestone alley below. The room was narrow, had windows on three sides and glass paned cabinets covering the walls. I was unable to see into the cabinets but I knew the room was mine and found in it much comfort, reassurance, strength and mystery. This dream was a turning point for me and with its assistance I found more confidence in my life and art.

A cabinet of curiosities was an encyclopedic collection in Renaissance Europe of types of objects whose categorical boundaries were yet to be defined. They were also known by various names such as Cabinet of Wonder, and in German Kunstkammer ("art-room") or Wunderkammer ("wonder-room").1

This exhibition is an attempt to look into the dream cabinets of my wunderkammer . The compositional forms presented here have lived in my sketchbooks for years. Some of the subjects are from an actual cabinet in which my family and I collect an eccentric collection of objects. The encaustic glazes of the paintings represent the aged glass of the dream cabinets and the membrane that separates direct access to the images at the edge of my vision and imagination.

This new body of work is the first time I have combined traditional oil painting technique with my recent experiments with paper lithography and encaustic wax. The works begin as oil paintings on wood and then undergo a process of layering and "aging". The paper lithography technique allows me to bring linear element into my paintings. The color drawings that are printed over the paintings complement and oppose the themes and compositions of the paintings. Final layers of transparent and semi-transparent wax give the work texture, age and mystery.

Artist Statement
My artwork is built from images that bubble up from my subconscious and accumulate. An image starts to take shape at the edge of my imagination- I don't question the meaning, often they are just shapes and areas that have yet to come into focus. I make note of these motifs in a sketchbook or journal. The images that are persistent in their reappearance become my art. Eventually themes and elements start to attach themselves to each other. Sometimes this accumulation results a single unified picture space. Other times I combine multiple pictures into a "multi-pane" painting.

I am reassured and find inspiration in dreams. I let my paintings develop their own "dream logic" as they develop and unfold. I don't always understand why I've chosen certain themes until long after a painting is completed. The images reflect themes in my life and yet I find that these personal archetypes have universal resonance.

1Wikipedia, Cabinet of Curiosities, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cabinet_of_curiosities (May 2012).

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Image 1- Charmed Sight
Image 2- Inner Path
Image 3- Overtone
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Scott Bricher - painting, illustration & design     860-927-1667      26 Stone Fences Lane, South Kent CT, 06785