Linda Benenati / Art / Encaustic / Cache / The Lady Vanishes

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The Lady Vanishes, along with the sold Somewhere Out There and Buzzing Under the Bridge are part of Linda Benenati's homage to the French "caché" which translates to "hidden" in English and the concept is also about mystery. Fog obscures the stories of different women, set in iconic locations in one of the artist's favorite cities — San Francisco.  The theme of the French-based word Caché is in homage to Paris, Linda's other favorite city. And, stylistically they are a nod to the past of the 30’s - 40’s. We love how it telegraphs a super natural narrative.

From the artist: "The Lady Vanishes references the Hitchcock film of the same name. My painting questions why this woman obscured by the fog is escaping? Is she waiting for the cable car or has she disembarked? With her hand over her head, she is clearly dismayed. And with the suitcase by her side, she is either leaving or is coming to some unknown fate. As for the bats: Native Americans recognized the bat as highly sensitive to their surroundings and so therefore was considered a symbol of intuition, dreaming and vision. This made the bat a powerful symbol for Native American shamans and medicine people. Often the spirit of the bat would be invoked when special energy was needed, like “night-sight” which is the ability to see through illusion or ambiguity and dive straight to the truth of matters." ~ Linda Benenati

Linda has ventured into wonderland for her delightful encaustic paintings. This ancient technique, dating back to the Greeks, uses heat throughout the process, from melting the beeswax mixture to fusing each layer of wax. Linda's encaustic medium consists of natural bees wax and dammar resin (crystallized tree sap). She also uniquely incorporates collage elements, which add surprise and dimension. The idea behind the Caché series is the concept of the hidden and also the idea of mystery. From the artist: "I am using fog to obscure the stories of different women. These stories are set in iconic locations in one of my favorite cities — San Francisco. I am also using the French-based word Caché since Paris is my other favorite city. And, stylistically they are a nod to the past of the 30’s - 40’s. Many of the questions the series provokes must ultimately be answered by each viewer and their own stories and past which add to one’s individual interpretation. In my mind, I see each woman as escaping some difficult situation in her life. It could be a number of things and hopefully each viewer will relate to her and think of the things they have or would like to escape from. Ultimately these tales of escape are tales of power."
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