A long time resident of Tucson, Arizona, Catherine Nash is an artist who freely mixes media in her work to express her ideas. Specializing in Japanese and Western hand papermaking, encaustic painting and mixed media drawing, Nash is a teaching artist who balances her studio work with artist-in-resident teaching, lectures and workshops across the United States, as well as in professional studios and universities in eight European countries, Australia and Japan. She has published 4 educational DVDs on the art of papermaking and is currently co-writing a book that surveys international artists entitled "Contemporary Paper and Encaustic". Her work has been included by invitation into numerous national and international exhibitions, most recently in Japan, Bulgaria, Poland and Australia. Her love of travel and different cultures has inspired her to live, exhibit, research and teach on four continents.
After receiving a B.F.A. in Printmaking and Drawing from the University of New Hampshire in 1980, Nash spent a year and a half creating prints and drawings in Paris. In 1987, she graduated from the University of Arizona with a Masters of Fine Arts in Mixed Media. Two independently designed research trips to Japan enabled Nash to study the techniques of Japanese woodblock printing and papermaking in depth. From 1996-2002, her extensive research in Italy and Scandinavia increased her knowledge of historical and contemporary Western papermaking and paper arts. Nash has combined encaustic waxes and filtered earth pigments with her handmade paper works since 1994.
The landscape, aesthetics and cultures of Japan, the rich gradations and spaciousness of Scandinavian summer night skies, experiences with Native American friends and her explorations into the wilderness of the southwestern deserts have deeply influenced and informed her work.
Shows & Upcoming Events
Muzeum Książki Artystycznej, Lodz, Poland. "9th International Book Art Festival", November 2011 (traveling through 2014)
Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL. "WOW: Women & Wax", October 28 - December 31, 2011
69 Smith St. Gallery, Melbourne, Australia. "International Book Exhibit", October 19 - November 6, 2011
2011 Sofia Paper Biennial, Sofia, Bulgaria, May 3-June 30, 2011
Truro Center for the Arts Gallery, Truro, MA. “Sculpture in Wax Invitational”. June 1-10, 2011
artscope - New England's Culture Magazine - "Distinctly Encaustic at Bowersock Gallery" by Lacy Daley:
"...Most of what Nash brings to her works comes from her worldly experiences. With specialties in Japanese and Western hand papermaking, Nash possesses a quality of authenticity that reiterates itself in her wax paintings." About Distinctly Encaustic, June 2012 exhibition at Bowersock Gallery, Provincetown, MA.
AUTHENTIC VISUAL VOICES™: Contemporary Paper and Encaustic is a book that Catherine Nash has been curating and writing for two years. Traveling across the United States, she has conducted videotaped interviews in the studios of 28 international artists. Media was used only as a parameter for narrowing the field. While the reasons for choosing particular media is discussed, the book's true focus is about where artists' inspiration comes from and how they find their ideas. The interviews are edited and being compiled along with rich portfolio pages of each of the interviewees. Also included will be a gallery of international artists represented by one work each.
Contact Catherine Nash
cnash at wvcnet dot com
Attached Downloadable pdf for résu