Ethelyn Honig

55 Mercer Street Cooperative

Ethelyn Honig works in encaustic, which is somehow fitting since her last name is the German word for “honey.” She showed a number of recent paintings at the Mercer Street Coop. Her interest in these paintings is in a certain material appearance; she does not intend them to be paintings of a certain kind of material, they are very remote from figuration. Nor does she really want the paintings to deny themselves as paintings, though she is interested, she says, in working on a mural scale so that the surface limits might exceed the spectator’s view. Yet one’s recognition of her works as paintings is based either on a recognition of the encaustic technique or on the recognition of their connection with certain issues alive to painting, such as the need for definition in terms of surface.

These paintings are done by dropping the molten mix of wax and pigment onto, say, masonite. What results

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