signs of life, encaustic and mixed media,
Thank you for all your supportive comments on my last post regarding sharing my thoughts behind the pieces. Sometimes I just get unsure of what is too much, how much, etc. But when I began painting again, one of the reasons why I started to journal along with my paintings was to be able to work out my language. What I mean is, it is hard to put into words why we do what we do. Even if there is no deeper meaning behind the reason there may be a circle included on the right top of a painting. There is, however, a reason behind our impetus to create. Figuring that out gives me direction.
This piece above was an exploration of building up layers of wax and then scraping back. You can see in the bottom, the scraping back I did. Upon seeing the results, it reminded me of the natural aging process we see in our everday surroundings. The signs of life around us. Oxidation, decay, life upon life, the eternal circle of life and death. I have always been in love with patina. When I was in high school and did a lot of work in clay, my teacher would order special patinas and oxidation pigments just for my projects.
Then I started thinking…what if I added metal to my encaustic pieces and then aged them?? Hmmmm. That could be a beautiful marriage between rusted oxidation on metal and the lovely, bumpy texture of wax.
Since I work on wood, it was very easy to just hammer in some metal pieces and go at it. Here is a detail shot of some rusty goodness:
You can see a bigger photo of this if you click on the picture. It will take you to my flickr account.