GROTON -- The Conant Gallery presents the encaustic work of Jessie Pollock in an exhibit titled "Sensitive Illusions."

Pollock, whose artistic path has moved from sculpture through traditional painting, is currently showing this encaustic series, which combines elements of both disciplines. She credits Theodore Schwenk's book, "Sensitive Chaos: The Creation of Flowing Forms in Water and Air," as her inspiration.

Her artist's statement describes her work process as beginning with a sketch on veneered wood, which is painted over with a single layer of hot wax. "Layer by layer, the painting emerges through wax: textures are etched with tool or textured material, colors rise in oil, watercolor, ink, or artist crayon, and depth is created at each step with fine wax veneer added one layer at a time.

Photographs, found text, music scores and other images are transferred and embedded in the wax to add a sense of watery transparency to each delicate image." Visit for a sampling of these images and a look at her broader range of work.

Pollock, who attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, has work displayed in several states and is involved locally with institutions that include Manchester's Currier Museum of Art, the New Hampshire Art Association and the Sharon Arts Center.

She will be available to meet with visitors during an opening reception on Friday, Jan. 10, 6-8 p.m., that will also offer refreshments and live music.

The exhibit is on display from Jan.


10 through March 14. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Visit for gallery location information.