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Encaustic / Mixed Media

"If oil paint is the prose of painting, then encaustic is its poetry." — Chester Arnold

Text Fragments

"The making of letters in every form is for me the purest and the greatest pleasure, and at many stages of my life it was to me what a song is to the singer, a picture to the painter, a shout to the elated, or a sign to the oppressed. It was and is for me the most happy and perfect expression of my life."
—Rudolph Koch

Mining decades of journal writing, these works explore the wonders of the written word – both legible and illegible – using an assortment of calligraphy and encaustic tools and techniques.

 

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The Detritus Collection Numbered Series #1 — #14

As an avid collector of the minutia of everyday life, I created this collection of encaustic panels that presents what appear to be meaningless objects and ephemera in an organized manner, as part of an inventory for the Detritus Institute. The Detritus Institute is an imaginary organization whose function is the collection and preservation of the debris, waste and scraps of daily life. All of the objects share the patina of age, decay or use, a visual reminder of the constant passage of time and its effects on things – which I find captivating.

"I am curious about and intrigued by the process we go through – attaching meaning to the events and objects in our lives." Far from being "garbage", these discarded, decayed, and used up objects have the power to act as enigmatic memory triggers that resonate deeply.

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The Detritus Series

"…The collection does not displace attention to the past: rather, the past is at the service of the collection, for whereas the souvenir lends authenticity to the past, the past lends authenticity to the collection."
—Susan Stewart

I am working with my vast collections of seemingly meaningless objects and ephemera to create these encaustic collages. In contrast to the random way in which the detritus was collected over the years, these collages are ordered and organized, and appear to be part of an ancient inventoried collection.  

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Italian Vestiges

"There is a pleasure in the trackless woods
There is a rapture on the lonely shore.
Open my heart and you shall see
Graven inside of it...Italy."

—Lord Byron

Smitten with Italy and my many travels to that country these encaustic collage and photo encaustic works celebrate fragments of Italian life and culture ­ the vast and varied landscape, the art and architecture, the unforgettable food and wine, along with the juxtaposition of the ancient and modern. They speak to an insatiable demand for nostalgia and remembrance.

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Memory Archive

"Your memory is a monster; you forget – it doesn't. It simply files things away. It keeps things for you, or hides things from you – and summons them to your recall with will of its own. You think you have a memory; but it has you!"
—John Irving

This gallery shows a few works from a series that is part of an ongoing exploration of the impermanence of memory and the key role that it plays in our preservation and continuity of self. Through a variety of media that includes drawings, sculpture and sculptural installation, encaustic paintings, and photography I explore the fascinating and enigmatic realm of memory and how we create our personal identity over time. Having kept a journal from the age of 13 I decided on the objects of books, papers, bookshelves and libraries as the subject matter to express my ideas.

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Aesthetic of Decay

"When paper is soiled or lacerated, when cloth is worn, stained, torn, when wood is split, weathered, or patterned with peeling coats of paint, when metal is bent or rusted, they gain connotations which unmarked materials lack."
—William Seitz

This collection of photo encaustic works start with images of aesthetic decay that are then layered with text (both ancient and contemporary) along with images, scribbles, lines and other spontaneous marks creating a layered surface that references both history and time.

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Other Encaustic Works

"Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes and having fun."
—Mary Lou Cook

This gallery of images depicts some of my encaustic explorations that are not a part of one of the ongoing series presented above.

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