Artist Statement : Encaustic
I am an artist working primarily with photography and encaustic beeswax. Through my camera, I collect the beautiful colors and textures of daily life. When I take photographs, even highly abstracted ones, they hold powerful memories of when, where, and why.
I am especially interested in the elasticity of light as it dances around shadow and reflection. Capturing light is sometimes ethereal and sometimes edgy. It is intriguing how the camera lens “sees” differently than the eye.
My method of developing photography involves transferring the ink from my prints onto cradled panels and saturating with encaustic. This creates soft imagery with a luminous glow and aromatic scent of beeswax.
The transfer process makes me feel connected to my artwork. My hands are on every print, smoothing and burnishing and revealing the final imagery. The rhythm becomes a moving meditation. Each transfer is unique, an absolute one of a kind. The transfer process literally transforms the original image into something new.
Layers of encaustic illuminate the imagery and lend visual depth and texture to the photographs. It is the perfect finishing touch. Beeswax has a very sensuous surface, yet it is also highly archival and durable.
Selected work is featured. To see a portfolio of available and sold collections, please visit my Collections page.
2017 Dream A Book, BookOpolis 2017: Main Gallery, Asheville BookWorks, Asheville NC
2016 North Carolina Artists Invitational Winter Show: GreenHill Center for NC Art, Greensboro NC
2016 Fellowship, Collaboration with artist Sue Grier: Southern Highland Craft Guild, Asheville NC
2016 Southern Highland Craft Guild Exhibit: Appalachian Regional Commission, Washington DC
2015 Solid Roots: Folk Art Center, Main Gallery, Southern Highland Craft Guild, Asheville NC
2015 Seven Degrees of Connection, Collaborative: Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch, Michelle Belto, Crystal Neubauer, Susan Stover, Shary Bartlett, Amanda Jolley: Dumas Bay Centre, Federal Way WA
2015 Ebb & Flow curated by Fleta Monaghan: Asheville Area Arts Council, Asheville NC
My work is represented by 310 ART in the River Arts District of Asheville NC, Penland Gallery in Penland NC, and Southern Highland Craft Guild. Please feel welcome to contact me regarding availability and I'll be happy to connect you with the representing gallery.