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Copyright © 2022 by Lyn Belisle and Michelle Belto for The Enso Circle. All rights reserved. This book or any portion thereof may not be reproduced or used in any manner whatsoever without the express written permission of the publisher and the artists whose works are included except for the use of brief quotations in a book review.
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The Enso Circle An invitational online Artists’ Residency Created and led by Michelle Belto and Lyn Belisle
The Enso circle symbolizes many things: the beauty in imperfection, the art of letting go of expectations, the circle of life, and connection-- the imperfections and contours are exactly what makes the Enso beautiful.
INTRODUCTION: THE ENSO CIRCLE I reread some of the early communications between Lyn and I from 2015 when ZH ¿UVW EHJDQ SODQQLQJ ZKDW ZRXOG ODWHU EHFRPH 7KH (QVR &LUFOH %DFN WKHQ , ZDV doing a lot of teaching on the road and Lyn had created a thriving art center. The RULJLQDO LPSHWXV , WKLQN FDPH IURP ZDQWLQJ WR FRQWLQXH DQG H[SDQG RXU FROODERUDWLYH teaching experiences into something more enduring. We continued to throw around LGHDV IRU WKH QH[W FRXSOH RI \HDUV ZKLOH OLIH WRRN XV LQ GLႇHUHQW GLUHFWLRQV 7KH proverbial window opened when Covid forced us all into quarantine. Separated DQG LVRODWHG LQ RXU VWXGLRV DFURVV WRZQ IURP RQH DQRWKHU ZH KDG WLPH DQG HQHUJ\ WR GHVLJQ D IRFXVHG H[SHULHQFH EDVHG RQ FRQQHFWLRQV FUHDWLYH FROODERUDWLYH DQG community—the opportunity we wanted for ourselves. The Enso Circle Artists Residency was born. David Brooks, NYT columnist, wrote recently that 2021 has been a shapeless year. +H ZDV VSHDNLQJ RI WKH H[SHULHQFH RI LVRODWLRQ IRJ D ZHDULQHVV RI VSLULW WKDW FRPHV with seemingly endless waiting as a Covid world marks time. I am struck by the contrast of Brook’s experience to those in the Circle. During the ODVW WZHOYH ZHHNV , ZLWQHVV DUWLVWV LPPHUVHG LQ DUW PDNLQJ VKDSLQJ WKHLU ZHHNV through personal goals and accountability to the community. Our Zoom meetings DQG 6ODFN GLVFXVVLRQV DUH OLYHO\ DQG HQJDJLQJ RIWHQ SXQFWXDWHG E\ ODXJKWHU 7KHUH is a palpable excitement and a pride in accomplishment evident in posting of work in process. Requests for critique invite supportive discussions followed by new insights. <HV LV VR PDQ\ ZD\V KDV EHHQ D VKDSHOHVV \HDU /\Q DQG , DUH KXPEOHG WR weave the fabric of the Enso Circle twelve weeks at a time. The stunning work in this catalogue speaks to the professional and artistic growth of each participant. The variety of media and artistic expressions you see here has been a rich and exciting cross-pollination of ideas and resources. Thanks to each of these amazing artists for allowing Lyn and I to be a part of their life and their creative process. Michelle Belto Co-Founder, The Enso Circle April 29, 2022 4
This is the fourth Enso Circle Exhibition Catalog. In my preface to the last FDWDORJ , ZURWH “The big surprise to me is how this Residency program has D௺HFWHG PH SHUVRQDOO\ UHQHZLQJ P\ WDWWHUHG VHQVH RI RSWLPLVP DQG UHYLYLQJ P\ DEVROXWH IDLWK LQ WKH FUHDWLYH IRUFH RI FRPPXQLW\ GXULQJ XQFHUWDLQ WLPHV ´ That thought is even truer at the conclusion of this fourth twelve-week term. It’s a challenge to try and describe the amazing synergy this group puts forth ZLWK LWV JHQHURVLW\ LWV LQVLJKWV DQG LWV WUXVW LQ HDFK RWKHU , IRXQG D PHWDSKRU yesterday when I came across an article in The Atlantic about starlings. When VWDUOLQJV ÀRFN WRJHWKHU ZKHHOLQJ DQG GDUWLQJ WKURXJK WKH VN\ LQ WLJKW ÀXLG IRUPDWLRQV LW¶V FDOOHG D murmuration. The patterns they create as a group are PHVPHUL]LQJ DQG \HW HDFK PXUPXUDWLRQ LV PDGH XS RI LQGLYLGXDO ELUGV ZKR NQRZ intuitively that their existence is enhanced by the group. The Enso Circle LV D PXUPXUDWLRQ RI VRUWV D PXUPHUDWLRQ ZKRVH ZKROHQHVV depends on each starling’s willingness to complete the journey home. Each of the 5HVLGHQW $UWLVWV ZKRVH DXWKHQWLF HFOHFWLF ZRUN JUDFHV WKHVH SDJHV DQVZHUHG D call for a concept that had not been tried before – a virtual Art Residency based RQ D PXWXDO MRXUQH\ WRZDUG IXO¿OOPHQW /LNH VWDUOLQJV ZH¶YH LQVSLUHG HDFK RWKHU LQ FUHDWLYH WUXVWLQJ ZD\V VRPHWLPHV WDNLQJ WKH OHDG DQG DOZD\V À\LQJ FORVH WR HDFK other. In their individual exploration RI HFOHFWLF PHGLD (QVR &LUFOH 5HVLGHQWV KDYH SURGXFHG D FRPSLODWLRQ RI ZRUN WKDW DQDO\]HV DQG H[SUHVVHV SHUVRQDO VWUXJJOHV FHOHEUDWHV RYHUFRPLQJ GLႈFXOW\ DQG UHYHOV LQ WKH DEVROXWH MR\ RI QDWXUH <RX¶OO see powerful visual and descriptive examples of these authentic statements on every page of this catalog. I am grateful beyond words for each of the artists on the pages and stand in awe of their deep commitment to their art and to each other on our journey together.
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WHAT IS THE ENSO CIRCLE? The Enso Circle is an invitational art residency, a dedicated three-month time period LQ ZKLFK \RX ZLOO MRLQ D FRPPXQLW\ RI FUHDWRUV IRU D VSHFL¿F VHOI FKRVHQ JRDO WKDW LV unique to you. The online residency provides the comprehensive artistic support that \RX QHHG WR IRFXV DQG VWUHQJWKHQ \RXU ZRUN <RX ZLOO KDYH DFFHVV WR ZRUNVKRS VHVVLRQV D SULYDWH RQOLQH OLEUDU\ RI UHVRXUFHV UHJXODU =RRP FULWLTXHV DQG JURXS GLVFXVVLRQV DQG SUHVHQWDWLRQV ZLWK JXHVW DUWLVWV 'XULQJ WKH WKUHH PRQWKV WKHUH ZLOO EH RSSRUWXQLWLHV WR VKDUH \RXU ZRUN LQ SURFHVV WURXEOHVKRRW VWXFN SRLQWV JHW SRVLWLYH DQG VXSSRUWLYH IHHGEDFN DQG PHHW RQH RQ one with Lyn and/or Michelle. 7KH UHVLGHQF\ FXOPLQDWHV LQ D VKDUHG RQOLQH H[KLELWLRQ DQG FDWDORJXH 7KLV FDWDORJ VKRZFDVHV WKH ZRUN RI WKH &XUUHQW DQG &RQWLQXLQJ 5HVLGHQWV RI 7KH (QVR &LUFOH IRU WKH VSULQJ VXPPHU DQG IDOO WHUPV RI DQG WKH VSULQJ RI WHO IS THIS COMMUNITY FOR? $UWLVWV ZKR DUH UHDG\ WR IRFXV RQ D FRQFHSWXDO JRDO LQ WKHLU VWXGLR SUDFWLFH ,W FRXOG EH D VRFLDO WKHPH DQ H[SORUDWLRQ RI PHGLD D VHULHV RI ZRUN WKDW DQDO\]HV SHUVRQDO VWUXJJOHV RU FHOHEUDWHV RYHUFRPLQJ GLI¿FXOW\ ,W¶V DOVR D VSDFH IRU WKRVH RI XV ZKR IHHO VWXFN LQ RXU ZRUN QHHG WKH H[WHUQDOO\ LPSRVHG RUGHU RI D FRPPXQLW\ RI FUHDWLYH FROOHDJXHV DQG YDOXH WKH H[SRQHQWLDO ZLVGRP RI WKH JURXS ,I \RX¶YH IHOW D VHQVH RI LVRODWLRQ WKLV YLUWXDO WKUHH PRQWK UHVLGHQF\ PD\ EH H[DFWO\ ZKDW \RX QHHG WR UH FRQQHFW WR \RXU DUW SUDFWLFH WKURXJK V\QHUJ\ ZLWK RWKHUV LQ 7KH Enso Circle. ,I \RX IHHO WKH QHHG IRU D EDODQFHG H[SHULHQFH WKDW HQFRXUDJHV ERWK SHUVRQDO FUHDWLYH WLPH DQG JXLGHG HQFRXUDJHPHQW IURP OLNH PLQGHG ZRUNLQJ DUWLVWV \RX ZLOO ¿QG D KRPH LQ WKH (QVR &LUFOH ZLWK /\Q %HOLVOH 0LFKHOOH %HOWR DQG \RXU IHOORZ DUW 5HVLGHQWV 72 /($51 025( $%287 7+( $33/,&$7,21 352&(66 3/($6( VISIT OUR WEBSITE: WWW.THEENSOCIRCLE.COM
CURRENT ENSO CIRCLE RESIDENTS SUSAN BURTON MONICA DEVINE DIANA SHAY DIEHL LINDA MANNING VICKY MITCHELL LISA MORIARTY LEEANN RHOADES MARCIA ROBERTS KELLY THORSON LISA WALKER LEAH WILLINGHAM
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MONICA DEVINE I am a writer and visual artist who exercises an eclectic approach to the creation of ideas. I use poetry and SURVH DV D VSULQJERDUG IRU FUHDWLQJ ¿JXUHV LQ FOD\ ZKLOH H[SORULQJ WKH H[LVWHQWLDO TXDQGDU\ RI KXPDQV DQLPDOV and objects. OPPOSITE PGE, CLOCKWISE
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DIANA SHAY DIEHL It all starts with a photograph. One I snap during my many miles of wandering the Mojave Desert where I call home. Some VD\ WKHUH LV QRWKLQJ KHUH MXVW GLUW DQG EURZQ DQG URFNV %XW LI \RX VWDQG VWLOO DQG OLVWHQ REVHUYH ZLWK DOO \RXU VHQVHV \RX JHW WR NQRZ her ethereal essence. I chose these pieces for my Enso experience because they are a visual representation of my dance within these desert lands. They DOVR GHPRQVWUDWH P\ SHQFKDQW IRU SKRWRJUDSKLF PHWKRGV QDWXUDO SLJPHQWV EHHVZD[ DQG ZRUGV DV , WUDQVIRUP WKH LPDJH PDGH during an intuitive moment into a tangible representation. It is my attempt to create a bridge between my inner and outer landscapes. I came to The Enso Circle seeking connection – with kindred spirits and with myself. I also needed much structural reorganization to clear my path so that I can be the full-time artist I’ve dreamt of being all my life. I found that and then some. Thank you 0LFKHOOH DQG /\Q DQG WR DOO P\ VLVWHUV LQ FUHDWLYLW\ 7R \RX , ZLOO EH HWHUQDOO\ JUDWHIXO
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LINDA MANNING I don’t like to be static in my work; , H[SHULPHQW DQG , push boundaries. The ability to try something new holds me to clay as my chosen art form. It’s a journey I’m on and it’s fueled by curiosity and adventure….and trusting the process. In this series I’ve chosen to work in the raku process. 8VLQJ EDUH FOD\ ZLWK QR JOD]HV WR DGG SDWWHUQ RU FRORU LQVWHDG , SDLQW ZLWK ¿UH VPRNH WHPSHUDWXUH DQG WLPH 7KH UDNX ¿ULQJ SURFHVV KDV EHHQ DURXQG VLQFH WKH ¶V One of its main characteristics is removing the clay piece IURP WKH NLOQ ZKHQ LW LV DW LWV ¿ULQJ KHLJKW I see clay as a metaphor to life. It’s not just what I do that will determine an outcome. It’s the journey through WKH XQNQRZQV WKH ULVNV DQG WKH UHZDUGV WKH OHDUQLQJ and the understanding that will eventually show me a result for that moment. 7UXVWLQJ WKH SURFHVV« Linda Manning
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VICKI MITCHELL Daily meditative walks in nature are a major part of my SKRWRJUDSK\ SUDFWLFH ,W LV VXUSULVLQJ KRZ , DOZD\V ¿QG QHZ WKLQJV WR VHH RQ WKH VDPH SDWK , DP YHU\ DZDUH RI WKH OLJKW DQG VKDGRZV variations of color and interesting compositions. I usually work with ODQGVFDSHV DQG ÀRZHUV VR WKLV SURMHFW LV D ELW RI D GHSDUWXUH When I discovered The Enso Circle I had just begun to go through my archives of family photos. This has been a great opportunity to spend twelve weeks sorting through and choosing images to go with my photographs to create collages. These digital collages were created in Photoshop. Although some of my loved ones DUH QR ORQJHU KHUH , IHHO WKH\ are watching over me.
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7KH XQLTXH SURSHUWLHV RI HQFDXVWLF PHGLXP ZDUPWK PRYHPHQW DQG WH[WXUH DOO FDSWLYDWH PH $ UHSHWLWLYH meditative process has been central to my creative SUDFWLFH SLHFLQJ WRJHWKHU EOXUUHG IUDJPHQWHG DQG imprecise memories. 0\ SURFHVV FRPELQHV WKH IUHH ÀRZ IRUPDWLRQ RI HQFDXVWLF monotypes along with the repetitive assembly of paper and fabric. Recurring themes reference water in all forms as a central source of inspiration and imagery in my work. &RORU WH[WXUH OLJKW DQG PDQ\ EXLOW XS OD\HUV DUH XWLOL]HG to communicate my love and fascination with California coastal elements and landscapes. :DYHV VXQOLJKW VHD VPRNH VHD IRDP WLGH SRROV DQG IRJ are all sources of inspiration. /D\HUV RI HQFDXVWLF PHGLXP EHHVZD[ DQG SLJPHQWV UHSUHVHQW WKDW ZKDW LV VHHQ YHLOHG WKH XQVHHQ DQG WKDW which lies beneath and imagined.
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Nature is my muse and my teacher. My art is a conversation between my soul and these PDJQL¿FHQW OLIHIRUPV 7KH\ DUH WHPSODWHV RI GHVLJQ FRORU SDOHWWHV DQG VWRU\ Any natural form WKDW , ¿QG LQWULJXLQJ DQG DPD]LQJ can become fodder for my exploration. This recent work came from my frequent walks in the forests and beaches of Acadia National Park in Maine. The studio is my playground bursting with many media and ephemera. A sketch or photograph sparks my memory of KRZ WKH VXEMHFW FDSWLYDWHG P\ LQWHUHVW ZKHWKHU LW EH WH[WXUH FRORU VKDSHV OLJKWLQJ RU IHHOLQJ , LQWXLWLYHO\ EHJLQ D SLHFH ZLWK VLPSOH VKDSHV RI SDSHU ZDVKHV or random prepared backgrounds to which I add the media I sense will best capture the essence of the subject. The juxtaposition and layering of many media create unpredictable magic and frustration. This process-oriented approach helps me relive the wonder of nature.
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How is a poet like a collage artist? Both work ZLWK IUDJPHQWV PRPHQWV PHPRU\ DQG HPRWLRQ , EHJDQ PDNLQJ ODQGVFDSH FROODJHV LPDJLQLQJ WKH vast prairie where I grew up. Over time the collages EHFDPH PRUH DEVWUDFW GHSLFWLQJ SROLWLFDO LVVXHV and heart-breaking news. They are constructed on 5”x7”mat board with altered paper from The National Geographic Magazine. I write poems on them VHZ RQ WKHP DGG EXWWRQV EHDGV DQG VOLFHG JHRGHV 0\ SRHWU\ DQG FROODJHV UHÀHFW GDLO\ OLIH EXW WKH\ VKRZ DQ LQWHUUXSWLRQ RI ZKDW LV KDSSHQLQJ LQ WKH ZRUOG <RX VHH MR\ EXW \RX DOVR see sorrow because an artist’s duty is to tell the truth. San Antonio Fiesta 2022 I and San Antonio Fiesta 2022 II represent the grand yearly festival that could QRW EH FRPSOHWH IRU WZR \HDUV GXH WR WKH SDQGHPLF 7KLV \HDU¶V IXOO ÀHGJHG )LHVWD JRHV RQ DV 8NUDLQH LV being torn asunder.
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The Girl in the Green Coat Series is a memorial tribute to my daughter Niki, who ended her 20 year battle with schizophrenia in 2017. I had a feral child She cared more for the pain of the world than she could bear Some knew her as the Girl in the Green Coat Each painting in this series incorporates remnants of her green coat Family Constellations speaks to how our ancestors experiences and traumas can affect future generations. Composed of old family papers and the lining of the green coat, the patches and textures represent the culmination of our ancestors old wounds and experiences that contribute to our psyche. The colorful background trails represent the threads of ancestral spirits that contribute to the fabric of who we are. All Ways has 20 patches of the green coat equating to the Angel #20 which reminds us to be diplomatic, considerate and kind to others. The four sides of the square are symbolic of the four elements, earth, fire, water and air and ground us here in the physical realm. Here on earth, everyone is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be Kind. All Ways.
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I have always been a creative soul, but I have always struggled in thinking of myself as an artist. My high school art teacher $UOHQH 7HDUH ZDWFKHG me struggle with Art 101 which was basic drawing. She was so kind and generous and helped me understand that being an artist is not tied to just one JHQUH ,QVWHDG RI GLVFRXUDJLQJ PH VKH RSHQHG WKH entire world of art and creativity to me. I thank her on every project I start. Today I am primarily an encaustic and cold wax/oil abstract painter. My journey in painting began when I saw a picture in a gallery that was a photograph covered in wax. Today I know that to be a photo encaustic but at the time I had no idea what it was and had never seen anything like it. I only knew that WKH EHDXW\ RI SDLQWLQJ WKH GHSWK OD\HUV DQG KLVWRU\ called to me. The smell of the wax WKH IDFW WKDW , FDQ GR QR wrong on anything I paint because I can just add a QHZ OD\HU RU VFUDSH VRPHWKLQJ Rႇ JLYHV PH D FHUWDLQ kind of freedom. Now I paint as a way to express myself. It allows me to bring the beauty that I see in the world around me and share it with those that experience what I create.
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ABOUT THE CURRENT ENSO CIRCLE RESIDENTS WHO BEGAN IN JANUARY 2022
SUSAN BURTON I have always been drawn to the arts—poetry, music, calligraphy, collage, and gardening. For twenty years, I was a high school English teacher, then developed a love for lettering, and eventually exhibited calligraphy at fairs in the Midwest. Ten years ago, I became obsessed with mixed media— and I still am. I love vintage ephemera, tea bags, inks, molding paste, gesso and charcoal pencils—to name but a few of my favorite materials. During the pandemic, I eventually came to a standstill, externally and internally. I literally did not know what to do next, “no direction home.” The Enso Circle appeared and provided a lifeline. I am profoundly thankful for the content and atmosphere of the group and the clarity that this experience has provided.
MONICA DEVINE For 27 years, I worked as a speech/language pathologist in Alaska and turned to art upon UHWLUHPHQW ,¶P D ZULWHU DQG ¿JXUDWLYH FHUDPLVW DQG PDQ\ RI P\ SLHFHV DUH LQ UHVSRQVH WR poetry and prose I’ve written over the years. Living in an environment where wild animals are ever-present, I take clues from their P\WKRORJLHV DQG RIWHQ FRPELQH WKHLU ¿JXUHV ZLWK WKH KXPDQ IHPDOH IRUP 7KH SURFHVV of forming clay with my hands provides a direct interaction that is both malleable and PHDQLQJIXO DV ¿JXUHV HPHUJH IURP P\ LPDJLQDWLRQ
DIANA SHAY DIEHL Diana Shay Diehl is a former public education specialist who melds her teaching and counseling experiences with experimental photographic processes, words, and natural mediums. Having grown up on the east coast and Germany, she now lives at the southwestern edges of Joshua Tree National Park and has for over 35 years. She often travels the western US in a tiny, tiny home on wheels or on foot with a backpack to quiet and remote spaces in the wild. Nature has always been her muse.
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LINDA MANNING Clay came to me about 15 years ago and I can’t imaging my life without it. My curiosity in how things work has an endless challenge with clay as there are so many ways of expressing WKLV PHGLXP , KDYH PRYHG PRVWO\ WR VFXOSWXUH RYHU WKH ODVW ¿YH \HDUV DQG WKH YRLFH LW JLYHV me has given voice to my experiences in life and those I observe around me. ,W¶V P\ MRXUQH\ WR ¿QG DQ H[SUHVVLRQ D ORRN RU D JHVWXUH LQ P\ IHPDOH DQG DQLPDO VFXOSWXUHV RU WR ¿QG MXVW WKH ULJKW EDODQFH LQ FRORU OLQH DQG WH[WXUH ZLWK D PRUH DEVWUDFW IRUP &OD\ LV P\ URDGPDS WR ¿QG PHDQLQJ DQG FRQQHFWLRQ DQG JLYH LW D YRLFH
VICKI MITCHELL For as long as I can remember, I have been creating art. I graduated with a degree in economics from UC Santa Barbara, but I chose to continue on the artist path where I have been exploring and experimenting with photography, digital, and mixed media for the last forty years. During this residency I have been going through historical family photographs and examining my relationship to them. I chose to combine them with my photography to create ethereal spiritual imagery.
LISA MORIARTY Lisa Moriarty is a native Californian, born and raised in the San Francisco-Bay Area. Lisa is largely a self-taught artist. What began as a therapeutic escape, her artistic journey evolved into a much needed and welcomed creative outlet, becoming a place of contemplation and self-expression. After becoming fascinated by encaustic medium, she sought to learn everything she could. With a background in Occupational Therapy, Lisa has always been drawn to process and applies this focus to her creative practice. Her process focuses on regular playful experimentation and exploration, drawing much of her inspiration from the California coast.
LEEANN RHOADES , DP SULYLOHJHG WR KDYH JURZQ XS LQ D IDPLO\ RI DUWLVWV 7KH KDSSLHVW WLPHV ZHUH ¿OOHG ZLWK art making activities, excursions to museums, and creative play. As a little girl I enjoyed creating greeting cards for friends and family. This love led to serious art study including a bachelor’s degree in art education and master’s degree in illustration. Later in life I earned VHYHUDO FHUWL¿FDWLRQV LQ YDULRXV DSSURDFKHV WR LQWXLWLYH DUWPDNLQJ 7KHVH VWXGLHV VDWLV¿HG my interest in art therapy. While raising a son and daughter as a single mother, I taught K-12 art, waited tables, coached synchronized swimming and often wonder how I survived. Upon retiring from arts DGPLQLVWUDWLRQ , GHGLFDWH P\VHOI WR ¿QGLQJ SHUVRQDO YRLFH LQ P\ DUW
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KELLY THORSON Kelly Thorson is a painter from Penzance, Saskatchewan. She has been a practicing DUWLVW IRU RYHU \HDUV DQG KDG KHU ¿UVW VROR VKRZLQJ LQ Kelly is excited to explore different mediums and techniques and enjoys the chemistry of making her own paints and substrates from raw materials and repurposing leftovers and previously used items. The past few years she has been focused mainly on painting with beeswax, resin and pigments. The history of encaustic as one of the oldest existing IRUPV RI DUW LV LQ NHHSLQJ ZLWK KHU SDVVLRQ IRU DQFLHQW DUW IRUPV DQG VKH ¿QGV WKH WDFWLOH OXPLQRXV DQG VSRQWDQHRXV XQSUHGLFWDELOLW\ RI WKH ÀXLG ZD[ ZKHQ IXVHG ZLWK D WRUFK challenging and intriguing.
LISA WALKER /LNH PRVW SHRSOH P\ SDUHQWV ZHUH ELJ LQÀXHQFHV RQ ZKDW , OLNH WR GR DQG ZKDW KDV meaning for me. My mother was a recognized, lifelong artist and a dedicated gardener. My father raised us on a ranch where he was certain God existed all around. Here I am, an artist, a retired Landscape Designer, a life-long fan of nature, and instilled with a spiritual feeling and deep respect for her gifts. My art applauds, embellishes and sometimes rearranges nature’s gifts, into paintings and sculptures. Due to their rich colors, tactile, and transparent qualities, encaustic, oil and pastel are my dominant media.
LEAH WILLINGHAM I am a self-taught painter focusing in encaustic and oil paint and cold wax medium. Painting is my freedom, my outlet, my way to connect with the universe and all of WKH EHDXW\ WKDW , ¿QG LQ LW 7KH XQSUHGLFWDELOLW\ RI WKH ZD[ KHOSV PH EUHDN RXW RI WKH FRQ¿QHV RI P\ HYHU\GD\ OLIH Through the layers of wax and color I work to create a method of expression and connectivity. I capture light and depth to bring the viewer into nature and the world around me as I see it.
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ANNE BOEDECKER My theme IRU WKLV VHPHVWHU¶V (QVR &LUFOH ZDV :LQWHULQJ a fallow period where growth is hidden under the cold dark earth. This winter was for me a period of quiet isolation EHIRUH DQG UHFRYHU\ DIWHU D PXFK QHHGHG EDFN VXUJHU\ , WXUQHG WR FRPIRUW DUW ± OLWHUDOO\ DV ZHOO DV ¿JXUDWLYHO\ I returned to playing with fabric and fell in love with the meditative process of slow stitch. In the book :LQWHULQJ E\ .DWKDULQH 0D\ VKH PDNHV UHIHUHQFH WR VHZLQJ E\ KDQG DQG KRZ IDEULF PXVW EH SLHUFHG in order to be sewn. This became a metaphor for healing brokenness of body and soul. These three pieces are the fruits of this healing journey. They embody the transformative power of taking scraps of fabric and remaking them into an object of practical as well as aesthetic value. Healing Waters ODS TXLOW FRPELQHV .ZDQGL DQG .DQWKD style quilting methods. Pieces of fabric were hand-stitched RQWR VTXDUHV RI DQ ROG ÀHHFH EODQNHW DQG WKHQ ERXQG LQWR D ¿QLVKHG TXLOW :LQWHULQJ is a Boro-inspired quilted vest hand-stitched from scraps of Indian cotton sari fabric. 5HPLQLVFHQFH is a hand-stitched journal cover using vintage fabrics and lace. HEALING WATERS lap quilt Batik cotton fabrics 36”x45” NFS
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SUE CONNER I embarked on a three-month journey of creativity and discovery. My guide – Spontaneity My roadmap – An intuitive voice My signposts – The serendipitous moments… My journey began ZLWK DQ XQH[SHFWHG GLVFRYHU\ VSDUNHG E\ P\ IHOORZ (QVR &RQWLQXLQJ 5HVLGHQW DUWLVW :DOO\ WKDW OHDG PH GRZQ D IUHVK QHZ SDWK XQFRYHULQJ WKH PDJLFDO and profound stories found within the rich history of the Chinese people. Many pieces emerged in which the Chinese *RGGHVV .XDQ <LQ EHFDPH WKH VXEMHFW ± WKUHH DUH QRZ complete and presented here. All three pieces pay tribute to .XDQ <LQ¶V GHYRWLRQ WR UHGXFH ZRUOG VXႇHULQJ ± JXLGLQJ XV WR attain profound knowledge and enlightenment – to fully open up to our spiritual gifts. I created ³.XDQ <LQ ± *RGGHVV RI &RPSDVVLRQ DQG 0HUF\´ as I continued to explore three-dimensional construction of DOWDUV DQG VKULQHV XVLQJ GLVFDUGHG SDFNLQJ PDWHULDO WKHQ covering the structure with mulberry paper and encaustic PHGLXP 7KLV SLHFH DORQJ ZLWK ³.XDQ <LQ ± 3URWHFWRU RI 6DLORUV DQG )LVKHUPDQ´ DQG ³.XDQ <LQ ± +HDULQJ 2XU 3UD\HUV´ XWLOL]HG WKH ZD[ DV D PHDQV WR HPEHG LPDJHV IRXQG REMHFWV DQG W\YHF SDSHU WR IXUWKHU HQKDQFH WKH message. …I followed the breadcrumbs. I did not get lost. I am home again. www.sueconnerartist.com
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WALDINEI LAFAIETE My artwork focuses on turning discarded items into mixed media assemblages. I reuse and recycle everyday found objects. Growing up in Brazil I had to learn how to be resourceful at a young age. Nowadays my creative urge makes me see these forsaken objects as an oppor-WXQLW\ WR UHSXUSRVH UHORYH DQG UHLQWHUSUHW :KHQ DOO W KH salvaged items form a cohesive assemblage what often emerges is a visual narrative which conveys a sacred sense of rustic beauty. My assemblage art often emulates many of the ancient relics that I have seen in my world travels. I have always EHHQ LQWULJXHG E\ DQFLHQW FXOWXUHV DQG WKHLU DUW SDUWLFXlarly iconic Buddhist representations because they in-VSLUH HQOLJKWHQPHQW FRQYH\ D VHQVH RI LPSHUPDQHQFH DQG GHWDFKPHQW IURP PDWHULDO WKLQJV , ¿QG WKH SURFHVV of creating harmony out of FKDRV IDVFLQDWLQJ HVSHFLDOO\ ZKHQ WKH QHZ UHDOLW\ VWLPulates the viewer’s imagination and raises awareness about our delicate planet. 7KLV QHZ VHULHV WKDW , KDYH QDPHG ³7KH 6DFUHG 5HPDQifestation” reveals my artistic quest to discover a way to EULQJ ROG GDPDJHG DQG GLVFDUGHG LWHPV WRJHWKHU LQ D ZD\ WKDW WHOOV D QHZ VWRU\ ,Q KRPDJH WR QHZ EHJLQQLQJV forgotten objects take a new artistic identity and a sacred remanifestation.
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My work focuses RQ PHPRU\ KLVWRU\ DQG SODFH emphasizing how we are all connected to one another. Inspiration for my work comes from current and historical events which are woven together transforming and transcending timelines of the past into the present. 6WLOO IHHOLQJ WKH HႇHFWV RI WKH SDQGHPLF DORQJ ZLWK WKH ZDU LQ 8NUDLQH , IHHO XQHDV\ ZKHQ , WKLQN DERXW my family in Europe. I am also learning to trust in this process of art making and trying new combinations. I am grateful to belong to grounding and connecting art communities. This residency was used to explore the formal elements of composition and scale. Working with collage materials using water-based PHGLXPV DQG D YDULHW\ RI SDSHUV , SURGXFHG PDQ\ H[SHULPHQWDO FUHDWLRQV WR ZRUN RXW FRPSRVLWLRQDO SUREOHPV DQG H[SHULPHQW ZLWK OD\HUV WH[WXUHV DQG mark making. Choosing materials that harmonize with HQFDXVWLF SDLQWLQJ WKLV LV DQ LQYHVWLJDWLRQ ZKLFK ZLOO inform the fabrication of future encaustic work.
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SARAH TREANOR As a child, I had a towering oak outside my bedroom. It felt OLNH P\ RZQ SHUVRQDO SURWHFWRU $V DQ DGXOW , VWLOO VHDUFK RXW trees when I need to feel grounded. This connection WR WKH WUHHV KDV DOZD\V EHHQ ZLWK PH DORQJVLGH WKH FRQÀLFWLQJ HPRWLRQV RI XVLQJ VXFK OLIH IRUPV for human consumption. Trees have always been part of my DUW ,Q P\ HDUOLHU ZRUN , SKRWRJUDSKHG WKHP ,Q PRUH UHFHQW ZRUNV , LQFRUSRUDWHG WKHP LQWR HQFDXVWLF SDLQWLQJV These new pieces expand on that by using found objects to add new layers of depth and meaning. A powerful narrative emerged as I combined found objects with my photography for this series - a blending of sacred and desecrated. There is both a peaceful reverence and a subtle discomfort created by the wood objects and tools used to surround each central tree image. It is a visual representation of our complex relationship with the trees.
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STAN UNSER Creating viewer involvement is my foremost purpose. My attraction to an image makes me want to share it. I do this through merging it with other images to create a story. The story is inspired by the images but evolves through GLJLWDO PDQLSXODWLRQ DQG SKRWR WUDQVIHU EHIRUH ¿QLVKLQJ ZLWK oils. By opposing abstract and tumultuous environments ZLWK RUJDQL]HG ¿JXUDWLYH HOHPHQWV , HVWDEOLVK DPELJXLW\ WR invite the viewer to create their own story. I recently saw a picture of Janet Leigh’s shower scream IURP $OIUHG +LWFKFRFN¶V PRYLH ³3V\FKR´ VR , SDLQWHG WKDW /DWHU , VDZ D &KDUOLH &KDSOLQ LPDJH VR , VWDUWHG D Hollywood series. “My Family” is a combination of a grandson’s drawings and my photos of hanging lamps at the San Antonio JW Marriot Resort.
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ABOUT THE CONTINUING ENSO CIRCLE RESIDENTS WHO BEGAN IN JANUARY, MARCH, OR AUGUST 2021 FLO BARTELL When I make art, I excavate stories, scars, and symbols and give them form with encaustic and mixed media. I work with encaustic because the smooth, glossy surface, the pleasant aroma, the soothing rhythm of my torch, the unpredictable and preservative nature of the medium, and the intense color and movement possible with hot wax and pigment are seductive and satisfying. I sculpt and paint with determination, passion, and with a spirit of exploration that I hope the viewer can feel in my art.
I found my way to art later in life, after many years as a quilter and crafter. Expressive art facilitated growth and healing during a time of deep grief. Since then I have shared the transformative power of art through workshops and retreats exploring collage, altered books, art journaling and other modalities that lend themselves to free expression.
In most areas of my life I am a thinker, planner, organizer. My creative life, however, has never run according to plan. I am learning to trust the process rather than try to control it. I have also learned to create from abundance – an abundance of time as well as materials. My work is intuitive and spontaneous, arising from inner stirrings that find their way to the surface as time and space allows. It is a spiritual practice that sustains me through the vicissitudes of aging and the turmoil in the world.
ANN BONESTELL Inspiration for my work often comes in the form of poetry and I am particularly moved by the work RI 6X¿ SRHWV 5XPL DQG +D¿] $GGLWLRQDOO\ P\ FROOHFWLRQ RI DQWLTXH DQG YLQWDJH SKRWRJUDSKV RIWHQ provides fertile ground for story. Often, a photograph will send me on a journey of exploration and research, a catalyst for the creative imagination. I seek to work from an archetypal place, exploring ways to represent the things that we all NQRZ DQG IHHO , OLNH WR SUREH WKH ZRUOG RI RSSRVLWHV LOOXVWUDWLQJ HLWKHU D XQL¿HG KROLVWLF YLVLRQ RU conversely, one that describes a sense of separateness or isolation. I attempt to create a narrative in my pieces, whether simply in the language of color, texture and shape or, more elaborately, by suggesting a life, a place, a person, or a social statement. It is my personal mission and commitment to do what I am able to add to the sum of beauty in the world.
GAIL BYRNES I inherited an old treadle sewing machine when I was 16, which began my passion for creating. I ZDV DQ DYLG VHZHU IRU PDQ\ \HDUV DQG HYHQWXDOO\ GLG ¿EHU DUWV LQFOXGLQJ ZHDYLQJ , ZRUNHG ZLWK clay for several years, and photography for a decade, having several solo shows. My work was ODUJHO\ DERXW UHÀHFWLRQV DQG WKH PDFUR ZRUOG 0RUH UHFHQWO\ , KDYH EHJXQ ZRUNLQJ ZLWK FROODJH DQG mixed media, and love combining different modalities. I have been an acupuncturist and shamanic SUDFWLWLRQHU IRU PDQ\ \HDUV DQG HQMR\ H[SHULPHQWLQJ ZLWK OLJKW HQHUJ\ DQG ÀRZ LQ P\ DUW DQG P\ work.
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WALDINEI (WALLY) LAFAIETE Waldinei Lafaiete, aka Wally, has been working with Marketing and Communications for over \HDUV :DOO\ PRYHG WR &DOLIRUQLD IURP 6mR 3DXOR %UD]LO LQ WKH ODWH ¶V DQG GHFLGHG WR follow his creative drive by enrolling in Graphic Design classes. This exposure to New Media Art gave him the initial inspiration to learn more about Photography. In 2016 his photography skills led him to be invited to work for a magazine as its Creative Editor. He left his corporate job in San Antonio, TX to join the editorial board of the publication and simultaneously created Lafaiete Creative Productions, a marketing company that has been creating successful advertising campaigns for businesses in San Antonio. He is fascinated by making art that suggests subtle relationships and themes from objects not normally seen together.
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VANESSA MARTIN-LANGONE An early memory from growing up in Ireland is being a little girl, painting at my grandmother’s table and feeling as happy as can be. Art and the act of creating continues to sustain me through these liminal times and I am so very grateful for it. The Enso Circle community is my North Star and I am so thankful to all of you for your guidance, support and encouragement. ³%H RI JRRG FRXUDJH DOO LV EHIRUH \RX DQG WLPH SDVVHG LQ WKH GLI¿FXOW LV QHYHU ORVW :KDW LV UHTXLUHG RI XV LV WKDW ZH OLYH WKH GLI¿FXOW DQG OHDUQ WR GHDO ZLWK LW ,Q WKH GLI¿FXOW DUH WKH IULHQGO\ IRUFHV WKH KDQGV WKDW ZRUN RQ XV´. Rainer Maria Rilke
LEILA REYNOLDS My journey in art began in with a search to “do something.” I joined a group of friends who gathered in a church hall to paint, with our baby sleeping in a basket in the corner of the room. 7KLV MRXUQH\ ZDV FLUFXLWRXV WR ZKHUH , DP QRZ 7KH PDQ\ SDWKV , WRRN LQFOXGHG RLO ¿EHU DUWV FROODJH acrylics, and now encaustic and cold wax and oil. Each path taught me how we are a global community through art as it transcends culture, class, language and race. , ¿QG HQHUJ\ H[FLWHPHQW DQG FRQQHFWLRQ E\ SDLQWLQJ LQWXLWLYHO\ OHWWLQJ WKH DUW SLHFH VSHDN WR PH DV , interact with it. I believe abstract art allows the artist and the viewer discover a message or story of their own. That is my hope with each piece I create.
INGRID TEGNER My life shifted about ten years ago when I came back to California, living not far from ZKHUH , ZDV ERUQ , OHIW VRFLDO ZRUN DQG ¿QDOO\ FRPSOHWHG P\ %)$ 1RZ , ZRUN SUHdominantly in encaustic and with materials that are compatible with this medium such DV KDQGPDGH SDSHU ¿EHU ZDWHUFRORU DQG FROODJH 7KH SURFHVVHV , HQMR\ WKH PRVW JLYH PH VSDFH IRU TXLHW PHGLWDWLRQ DQG UHÀHFWLRQ essential elements for spiritual development. I like to explore connection and call forth beauty from the things that surround us all the time if we choose to see them.
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MICHELLE TRACHTMAN As a child I loved to sit and color and play with paper dolls! Eventually I craved doing VRPHWKLQJ PRUH FUHDWLYH , IHOO LQ ORYH ZLWK ZRUNLQJ ZLWK ¿EHU DQG VWLWFK , OHDUQHG WR needlepoint, to make traditional hooked rugs, fabric collage/art quilts and art dolls.More recently I’ve wanted to connect more with Spirit through my artwork and started making spirit dolls. This series theme changed many times and ended up being about aging. Creating this way is freeing and has added to my desire to work with natural elements, mixed media, and sculptural creations.
SARAH TREANOR 7HQ \HDUV DJR ZKHQ , ORVW P\ ¿DQFH LQ DQ DFFLGHQW , PDGH D SURPLVH WR P\VHOI WR OHDYH P\ corporate life behind and make art. I’ve kept that promise. I create in a variety of mediums like photography, encaustic, ceramics and writing every day. Making things has helped me to build meaning and purpose into my life, especially in times of grief or transition. I continue to explore my own personal journey in my artmaking process, while sharing the things I learn that help me along the way. My hope is that I can help others see their own creativity as a tool for healing and transformation.
STAN UNSER ,¶YH EHHQ PDNLQJ DUWZRUN VLQFH P\ UHWLUHPHQW LQ DQG DP LQÀXHQFHG E\ PXOWLSOH FODVV instructors including Michelle and Lyn at the Enso Circle. One class taught me to photo WUDQVIHU XVLQJ GLVVROYLQJ SDSHU $IWHU OHDUQLQJ RLO SDLQWLQJ , VWDUWHG XVLQJ WKDW WR ¿QLVK RYHU WKH photo transfers. Now I use Photoshop, a larger printer, and various mixed media processes including encaustic which I learned from Michelle.
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MICHELLE BELTO In elementary school ZH SOD\HG D JDPH FDOOHG 7ZR Steps Backward. I was reminded of that game this Spring ZKHQ LQ D IXQN , DVNHG DGYLFH IURP DUWLVW IULHQGV DERXW getting unstuck. Each in their own way suggested that I UHYLVLW P\ ROG ZRUN :LWK QRWKLQJ WR ORVH , WZR JLDQW VWHSV back to 2008. At the time QHZ WR HQFDXVWLF , KDG EHJXQ EXLOGLQJ GLmensional supports using lightweight materials and my own handmade paper. I was intrigued with these two RUJDQLF PDWHULDOV SDSHU DQG ZD[ EXW ,W WRRN PH VHYHUDO years to harness this medium in service of the stories I wanted to tell. During this residency I have been steadily reworking ROGHU SDLQWLQJV E\ ¿UVW WDNLQJ WKHP EDFN WR WKHLU RULJLQDO KDQGPDGH SDSHU VXSSRUW 2QFH VWULSSHG RU FRYHUHG RYHU I was able to think past its original intention. Using the structure of what came before added a satisfying sense of history to the new work. In this reiteration , PRYHG IURP WKH RULJLQDO QHXWUDO SDOHWWH WR FRORU 6LQFH WKH RULJLQDO IRUPV ZHUH GLPHQVLRQDO I aimed to incorporate the raised areas as a voice in the VWRU\ ³7KH %HDXW\ RI :KDW 5HPDLQHG´ JUHZ RXW RI P\ UHFHQW H[SORUDWLRQV ZLWK FROG ZD[ ZKLOH ³5HWXUQLQJ WR WKH Source” became a celebration of taking two steps backZDUG WR D FRQ¿GHQW VWHS IRUZDUG
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MICHELLE BELTO My best work has always had components of image, story and dance. Without the immediacy of live performance, I’ve had to wrestle with the limits of the visual form. How was I to merge narrative in my work or give a sense of movement in what is basically, a two-dimensional static image? My questions and my ensuing study led me to paper and wax as mediums of choice.
LYN BELISLE Human faces, ancient or contemporary, fascinate me as summaries of life stories in the moment. &OD\ SDSHU EHHVZD[ DQG ¿EHU DUH P\ LQVWLQFWLYH EHORYHG PHGLD EXW PDUN PDNLQJ WKURXJK abstract painting challenges me to develop my own language of expression and translation. The more aware I am of the little day-to-day things that capture my attention by calling to me in a mysterious way, and the more I take note of them, the more understanding I gain about the purpose of my art as basic human communication, both to myself and to the viewer.
Congratulations to the Residents of the Enso Circle for an excellent exhibit! We are so grateful to you for your creativity, courage, and diversity!
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:KHQ , ¿UVW UHDG DERXW 7KH (QVR &LUFOH , ZDV VR H[FLWHG $Q RSSRUWXQLW\ WR ZRUN ZLWK Lyn and Michelle – I couldn’t apply fast enough! Little did I know that I would be joined E\ D JURXS RI ZRQGHUIXO ZRPHQ VLVWHUV LQ VSLULW $OO WKHVH DUWLVWV DUH WDOHQWHG DQG blessed with generous hearts and a giving spirit. The residency has brought focus and a purpose into my art practice and dear friends into my life. I’m already planning for the next three months in the Circle as a continuing UHVLGHQW 2K DQG GLG , PHQWLRQ KRZ PXFK IXQ LW LV Holly Osborn, Three-term Resident
The entire experience of the ENSO Circle has been so good for me on so many levels. It has pushed me to try new things and experiment with some kinds of making that I’ve wanted to do for years. It has encouraged me to let go of expectations and experiment more openly. 7KURXJK WKH UHVLGHQF\ ,¶YH EHHQ DEOH WR WDNH WKH WLPH DQG VSDFH WR FRQFHQWUDWH RQ VRPH deeply personal work that has allowed me to work through some emotions in a very FDWKDUWLF ZD\ ,W KDV KHOSHG PH WR IHHO PRUH VXSSRUWHG DQG OLNH , KDYH D ³FUHZ´ , FDQ WDON WR DERXW DUW WKLQJV ZKR ³JHW LW´ $QG ODVWO\ LW DOVR KHOSHG PH HPEUDFH SDUWV RI P\ SURFHVV , KDYH VWUXJJOHG ZLWK IRU \HDUV E\ giving me new perspectives. Sarah Treanor, Three-term Resident
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