What am I trying to Say?

I live beside a pristine lake and I am drawn to its beauty such as the variegated leaves in trees, water reflections, wild flowers dancing in the fields and the glow of sunsets sparkling within a forest. These memories remind me of a cherished place. In contrast, I am completely stunned by the impact of humans altering its beauty by clear cutting,  leaving garbage in the ditches; oil spills on the surface of a beautiful lake, and fires burning down a forest because of human carelessness.  It is this contrast between the beauty of the land next to its destruction that raises a personal awareness that I want to address in this “Interlaced” series.

Before I begin a painting I capture a photograph of a beautiful place. For example, the following photograph has become the inspiration for the next artwork.

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After this layer is completed I gently and methodically map the painted landscape with painted interlaced lines. The interlaced lines acts as gauze or veil so the viewer only has a glimmer of the land beneath. The gauze becomes a catalyst for a personal narrative and the interlacing as a metaphor for the complex relationship between protection and hope versus suffocation and destruction. My paintings map this psychological and emotional relationship I have between the image of a cherished place and the footprint altering a memory of that place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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