Embers | LUX Center for the Arts | Art Gallery, Classes, Summer Camps & Outreach



12/07/2018 - 5:00pm
December 7th, 2018 to December 29th, 2018
Exhibition Description

Paintings, collages & photo-based works using the hot wax technique called encaustic. The exhibition explores the theme of persistence in nature through the winter months. Look for the sculptural beauty of bare branches, the brightness of berries and the mesmerizing texture of barks.

Artist Statement

I am in love with the ancient medium of encaustic which is a melding of beeswax, dammar resin and pigment. It is applied hot on wood in layers and fused with a torch. It was used by the Greeks to protect and adorn their ships, by the Romans to make marble statues come to life and by the Egyptians to create mummy portraits. I like being a part of such a long art tradition and using sensuous natural materials in my work.

Wax hardens quickly so I use it intuitively and relish the surprising textures and mixing of colors. It is versatile and aromatic. It intersects well with other media and allows me to incorporate photographs, pyrography, collage and sculptural details.

Curator Statement

Embers are small, smoldering pieces of wood that burn brightly as a fire starts to fade. Likewise, as this year fades, we turn inward to reflect, looking closely at the bright remains of our experiences. We review and strengthen relationships, close our financial records and clear away what is no longer needed.

The wood and fire processes in this show replicate these inner distillations. Encaustic, the sensuous primary medium, is an ancient art form used by the Greeks, Romans and Egyptians. The heat of my torch blends layers of tempered, pigmented beeswax to consolidate and form surprising embers.

Think of prairie burns that prepare for a fresh start. Think of coming full circle. Think of crystals, gems, rocks, meteors, asteroids, intense heat and the remains of an exploding universe. Think of charred wood and campfires coming to a close. Know this artwork where fire plays an important role.

Try to remember when life was so tender
When love was an ember about to billow…
Deep in December it's nice to remember
The fire of September that made you mellow.
Deep in December our hearts should remember
and follow, follow.
-The Fantastiks

Mixed Media

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