Gilding, the centuries old art of applying gold leaf to a prepared wood or metal surface, is most commonly seen on antiques or as a decorative finish. Artist Carol Leskanic applies this ancient technique to unexpected objects such as a chandelier made from deer antlers, a vintage set of metal nesting tables, dried seahorses, and tree trunks. She then treats the gilded surfaces with a patina for a rich, deep, and consummately modern aesthetic. Her process is traditional, but the results are ethereal.
In addition to her gilded creations, the exhibition will also feature a series of Ms. Leskanic’s fine art panels. Comprised of dozens of layers of painted gesso, these monochromatic reliefs on wooden panels depict sublime abstractions of natural and organic forms. “I’ve taken an historic technique, familiar and comfortable to me from working for so long as a gilder, and employed its materials as a medium for contemporary art,” said Ms. Leskanic from her studio in Sharon. “When successful, there is a particular beauty in the balance between the simplicity of a form and the intricacy of the materials.”