Gabrielle Zane

Gabrielle Zane (Gabrielle Zane / September 2, 2014)

Gabrielle Zane is a psychotherapist who creates artworks in her spare time, to put her brain in a different place. She creates encaustics that are reminiscent of dreams: misty, vague faces and scripts from a long time ago, randomly assembled, covered over with layers of milky beeswax.

Despite the subconscious quality of her art creations, Zane didn't come to encaustic as an extension of her therapy. She fell into it accidentally.

"I came to it by way of writer's block. I was struggling with personal things and a lot of things coming at the same time," Zane, of Willimantic, said. "But if you have this creative urge you have to do something with it, even if it's not in your medium."

She fell in love with encaustics. "I love the texture. It's visceral, layer upon layer of wax," she said. "It helped. I was able to get back to my writing."

Zane's work can be seen in a multi-artist exhibit opening Sept. 6, "The Committee," at ArtSpace in Hartford.

Zane collects old photos, laces and pages from old books and letters, to combine into collages that she paints over with the pigmented wax. Most of her works have titles referring to history and memory. She plans out her works carefully, then lets her instincts take over.

"If I can lay out plans and then let go of them, that's where the surprise comes from," she said.

Other artists exhibiting in the show are the earlier members of The Committee: Joseph Gorneault and Lynn Truby of Cromwell, Leonard Bullaro of Windsor Locks, Nicola Sinclair of South Windsor, Norbert Waysberg of Bridgewater and R.Mac (Roger McMorrin) of Naugatuck.

THE COMMITTEE will exhibit its work at Hartford ArtSpace Gallery, 555 Asylum Ave., from Sept. 6, when it opens with a reception from 7 to 10 p.m., until Sept. 17, when it closes with a reception from noon to 3 p.m. Viewings at other times are by appointment only. Details here.