The Lightness of Being #7, 60 x 60 cm
In this series,"The Lightness of Being",I allow my subconscious to take over so that the work may transform me beyond the mundane and predictable. I open my senses to the experience and emotionally consent to a poetic and thrilling adventure.
Dreams and meditation often give me a starting point on an image. Then comes the application of many layers of water color, ink, molten beeswax, resin and rice paper; each layer heat fused into the existing surface.Then I make marks with ink on the layers. This action is much like analyzing a dream. Layer after layer is applied, fused and marked to allow the truth of the piece to speak. The reveled layers whisper their subtle messages. New layers may veil the original image and take the work to a deeper, more subconscious state.
Adding rhythmic, curving lines and shapes to break up the rigidity of some of the geometric forms, reminds me that I never have total control of my life or the encaustic. These moving lines take the work to a deeper, more subconscious state that can be meditative and musical.
I strive to create layered luminosity that is appealingly tactile. I encourage viewers to stroke and caress the paintings and discover the transitory experience of the painting.