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Refraction & Ephemera

all works below are encaustic on panel

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Enkaustikos is Greek for "burning in". Encaustic is an ancient form of painting that originated with the Greeks. They used hot beeswax to seal their boats. After a while, they added pigment and made paintings on the vessels. Eventually, it developed into a fine art. Pretty nifty, huh?

With the Refraction and Ephemera series I used the natural properties of encaustic--translucency, flexibility--to make work that conveys an impression of delicacy, fluidity and impermanence. I guess that's a little ironic considering encaustic is a particularly archival medium. There are examples of intact encaustic paintings (the Fayum funeral portraits) from as far back as the 1st century A.D.