Deborah Kapoor | Due Belle Voci

ArtXchange Gallery presents, Due Belle Voci, a new exhibition of encaustic and mixed-media sculpture by Deborah Kapoor. At a time when we are physically separated, Kapoor’s series presents an intimate portrait of a family as seen through her role as a daughter, mother, and caretaker. Drawing strongly from Kapoor’s recent experiences caring for her ailing mother and raising a bi-cultural teenager, as well as sibling and other relationships, an intricate matrix of connections is formed. The title, which translates to two beautiful voices in Italian, references the exhibition’s underlying themes of music and family connection.

Kapoor’s work blends unconventional uses of encaustic (wax), found materials such as flowers and family garments, and mixed media including latex, acrylic, and video projection. The artworks, which often hover in the balance between strength and fragility, evoke the alternating tenderness and tension that is inherent in all manner of relationships - daughter to one, mother to another – and how those relationships shift and change over time.

Deborah Kapoor has gained international recognition in the encaustic community for her innovative use of encaustic wax as a sculptural medium. Often used as a painting medium, encaustic wax becomes a method of connection in Kapoor’s work, linking a wide variety of media through dipping, immersing, painting, and printing. Kapoor creates organic objects and installations inspired by universal themes — the body, motherhood, home, spirituality, nature, and aging. “Thinking in terms of visual poems,” writes Kapoor in her artist statement, “I look to distill what is profound about being human.”

COVID-19 Impacts: Currently, ArtXchange Gallery is open for business hours with social distancing procedures in place. For those who cannot view in person, Deborah Kapoor’s exhibition will be shared here via our website, as well as through a series of illustrative videos and an exhibition catalog. We will not be participating in Pioneer Square’s First Thursday Art Walk until large gatherings are authorized by the City of Seattle. Instead, we will be hosting an open house on Saturday, August 1st from 1-5 PM, with the artist in attendance. Visitors will be invited to experience the exhibition, and Deborah Kapoor will be in the gallery to facilitate conversation and answer questions. We will be limiting admittance to 6 guests at a time, please make an appointment via email (info@artxchange.org) if you’d like to guarantee your admittance at a specific time.

Experience Due Belle Voci Online

Watch ArtXchange Gallery's Due Belle Voci video series, featuring in-depth explorations of the artwork with Deborah Kapoor. 

<--- Part 1: On the Exhibition and Encaustic as a Medium

Click here to watch Part 2: On Family and Shifting Relationships

Click here to watch Part 3: On Flowers and their Meanings

Click here to watch Part 4: On Aging and the Body


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