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El Peso de la Luz: Encaustic Paintings of Raé Miller

By Edward Swift

One of the most enchanting exhibitions seen in a long time is that by San Miguel artist Raé Miller at the Centro Cultural Ignacio Ramírez, (Bellas Artes). This exhibition will close on January 28, 2017, so there’s still plenty of time to go see it, but don’t wait. Go now.

Gallery Talk
“El Peso de la Luz”
In English
Fri, Dec 9, 1pm
By Raé Miller
Bellas Artes
Hernández Macías 75

“El Peso de la Luz” is the title of the exhibition featuring encaustic and mixed media paintings filled with light (luz) in all its shades and weights.

Raé’s fascination with light is a recurring theme and she uses translucent layering to capture and express it. In a recent gallery talk, she said that she searches for the “internal light in a piece.” She thinks of this as a process of starting underneath and working her way to the surface in layers of luminosity. In her own words: “Light inhabits our dreams and draws us toward eternity. It is warm and essential, yet sometimes cold. Desert light can be fat and truculent; mountain light, sharp and thin. A mirage of light suggests water when there is none. Certain qualities of light define time and location.”

The Bellas Artes exhibition is elegantly presented. The walls of the gallery are bright white along with the frames and mats so that all of one’s attention is drawn to the paintings. They sparkle and shimmer, and reflect the personality of the artist. Raé works at Fábrica la Aurora, where she teaches encaustic techniques and displays her work in her studio. Some of the comments on this exhibition, registered in the reception book read: “Joyful, beautiful, and ethereal”; “Delicate enchantment”; “Beautifully presented”; “Hermoso”; “Soft when needed, hard lined when not”; “Breathtaking”; “Una buena reflexión de luz”; and “Buena continuación de la historia de tu vida.”

The paintings have intriguing titles such as “Conversación de luz,” “Ventanas de luz,” “Luz roto,” “Lluvia de luz,” “Crepúsculo,” “Amanecer,” and “San Miguel Splash.” Photo-reproductions of Raé’s paintings cannot reveal their subtlety, multiple layers, and translucence. They must be seen in the flesh. Light is a difficult thing to capture, but Raé Miller has done it successfully and uniquely. She talks about her work as if she were a poet and, in a manner of speaking she is “a poet of light.” Do not miss her Gallery Talk at 1 pm on Friday, December 9, at Bellas Artes. Further information about the artist is available at the website


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