Woven Tapestries

I have been working over the past few months on a series with a focus on integrating a woven tapestry over a landscape.  My new works in this series are inspired by the inner peacefulness and beauty of the land in relation to an outer layering of forces that transform the land. Each painting begins as a realistic landscape such as the light reflecting on water, the shifting of colors of the different seasons, the sunsets bouncing off the water, or the shifting colors of the forest from one season to the next. After the landscape is completed, I cover it with a veil, a woven tapestry in order to protect it. The gauze over each landscape represent many individual strands, all woven into a warp and a weft, and it is this interlocking of threads, the under and over linking one line to the next that holds it together. The woven fabric transforms and protects the land.

Anna Wagner-Ott
Woven Tapestry #2 24″ X 30″, copyright Anna Wagner-Ott, 2015, Encaustic on water colour paper mounted on canvas.
Anna Wagner-Ott
Woven Tapestry Series, Encaustic on Panel, Anna Wagner-Ott, 8″ X 8″
Anna Wagner-Ott
Woven Tapestry Series, Encaustic on Panel, Anna Wagner-Ott, 8″ X 8″
Anna Wagner-Ott
Woven Tapestry Series, Encaustic on Panel, Anna Wagner-Ott, 8″ X 8″
Anna Wagner-Ott
Woven Tapestry Series, Encaustic on Panel, Anna Wagner-Ott, 8″ X 8″
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Author: Anna

I am a painter and sculptor and have a studio beside a beautiful lake. For the past 40 years, I designed and built puppets, masks and sculptures and had solo exhibitions of these works. In 2013, I went back to painting and started working in encaustic. I am interested in issues of identity in terms of weavings as coverings to protect or to hide. The intersecting lines that I create over landscapes create an internal conversation versus the external between nature vs. nurture. Or how actual or psychological barriers erected in an environment can disrupt a cherished place. My engagement with woven structures speak to complex dialogues between identity and psychological barriers. My second passion is teaching. I try to encompass more than teaching my students art techniques. I encourage students to, not only learn the language of art, but to also engage in critiquing art. Additionally, we continually explore ways to enhance one's voice through art in relation to contemporary and historical issues. Encaustic adventures is a blog where not only processes and techniques are taught, but hopefully this sites will engage in a dialogue about the making of art, notions of voice, identity, themes, and ways to establish a body of work within an historical contexts.

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