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Photo Encaustic Works

Wax + Modern Photography

 

Marrying these two mediums together, wax and photography, is my most recent exploration into image making.  I’ve long loved the mediums separately, but together I’m doubly smitten.  Encaustic techniques have been used for decorations on ancient Egyptian sarcophagi, as well as  for writing Byzantine icons, and these works have stood the test of time beautifully.  A mixture of resin and wax, mixed with pigment, provides a rich and deep surface for storytelling. 

The encaustic medium naturally lends itself to mystery and has an almost dream-like quality.  A mixture of resin and wax, mixed with pigment, creates a rich and deep surface for storytelling.  Photography naturally tends to be very literal, and brings a sense of the present moment to a story. 

By combining the two mediums, looking at a photo encaustic work is like looking through a very thin veil, that straddles both the earthly and heavenly, the real and the surreal and can serve as a balm for the imagination.