With encaustics I seek to give physical permanence for selected photos, through a combination of media. Every piece is a unique consequence of intent and chance that cannot be repeated.
The images are created by first mounting pigment prints on wooden cradle boards and merging them with layers of hot beeswax mixed with damar resin (crystallised tree sap), as well as oil and encaustics paints and pan pastels. The wax and paints are gradually brushed in, and fused using heat, which gives encaustics its name - to burn-in. Wax embellishes and veils the subjects and adds a tactile dimension. The process dates back to the Hellenic Greece and involves all-natural materials. I also print the photos on Hahnemule bamboo or hemp papers to keep the process as environmentally friendly as possible.
What I love about this technique is its physicality and how you cannot always control the wax. It surprises me every time and reminds me of the life before delete and backward buttons. You work with what you have and enjoy serendipity.
I'm still learning to photograph the ready made pieces, as these images do not quite do justice...The textures are amazing to feel and see in real life but tricky to photograph!
My encaustic works are available to purchase through Galleri Zeitgeist