Painting is a space of exploration for Raphaëlle Goethals, who is a true master of complex medium. Encaustic, a mixture of pigment and wax, is temperamental and unpredictable. Goethals works in a process of heating, cooling, pouring, imprinting, and scraping off. With every layer, the history of the artist’s hand is buried underneath a final smooth surface. The presence of these beautiful traces become ghost like, felt rather than seen. Goethals formal concern with space, depth, and the fundamentality of light all contribute to an ethereal body of work.