My curiosity in connecting to the layers that create something or someone and in the resilience and adaptability of the human spirit and nature, has led me to an investigative excavation of the transformative power of vulnerability and struggle. There is a quiet reverence in being allowed to be a witness to the discovery process, to scraping beneath the surface. I use my art to further this search, giving visual meaning to an idea, memory, or emotion. This becomes a journey in which layers of self are uncovered, reinterpreted and expressed. Ultimately my art becomes a vehicle through which internal dialogue and external communication intersect.
My preferred medium is encaustics -- pigmented beeswax and resin -- as it is dimensional, tactile and forgiving. In working with encaustic wax there is a component of control over the medium and a component of allowing the wax to have its own flow. A balance exists between having an intention, a plan, and shifting with the wax toward an unexpected outcome. This echoes the beautiful, rich struggle of being alive. Encaustics allows me another language that reflects and parallels not only the artistic process but that of each of our human stories. The wax both creates and reveals its own story or history through its layers which can remain visible or be obscured. The simultaneous building up and stripping down of the wax layers hints at the complexity of our sometimes messy imperfect existence. The scrapes, scratches, drips and incisions are all a reflection of the beauty held within the natural world and within human imperfection, vulnerability and struggle.
Photo by Sue Grubman