Rana Rochat’s encaustic paintings evoke “a universal fragile balance between order and chaos, reason and spontaneity that my paintings try to capture. They are pictorial metaphors of this fragile balance using marks, forms, colors, as well as the luminosity and visual depth afforded by the encaustic medium.
The forms and marks are natural and seemingly familiar, yet they are nonspecific, not easy to label. I intend for them to be fluid, without fixed meanings. Within an environment of deep light and color, my goal is to create an experience that is pre-verbal, promoting pictorial awareness prior to any explicit formatting of perceptual experiences into narratives. I like to think of my paintings as visual poems.
My idea is that narratives sacrifice intuition, gut feelings and the profound experience of mystery that a painting has the potential to provide. My forms and marks, with their apparent weight, particular vitality, and inertia live in a luminous and transparent environment.”
She received her BFA in 1983 from the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island.