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PHOTO-ENCAUSTICS

LOST PONIES

 I love working with beeswax in the studio, the texture and refracted light of each photo-encaustic piece has an ethereal feel, It is an ever-evolving creative process; it gives my work a deeper connection to the natural world using nature’s gift of beeswax. Some of my original photo-encaustic work is re-photographed and then the image is hand-printed onto beautiful printing papers, which adds another level of depth to my photographic work. This particular collection Lost Ponies is inspired by my Wild Hearts project about rare native equine breeds. Using movement and my photo-encaustic technique allowed me to create ghost-like photographs of some of our rarest native breeds.
It represents the sad possibility of these horses and ponies leaving only an imprint of their spirit on our vast landscape long after they are gone.

Many people are intrigued when they see my original photo-encaustic wall art, often initially thinking it is a canvas but as they see the photograph up close they simply just have to touch when they see the texture and depth in the piece. After inspection, next comes the question: “What is it?”

Photo-encaustics is a lovely mixed-media technique that uses beeswax and dammar resin as a medium to create encapsulated artwork. The official description of photo-encaustics is as follows –
Encaustics means “to burn in or fuse.” First practised by Greek artists as far back as the 5th century BC, encaustic combines beeswax with dry pigment and tree resin to bind pigment. The “caustic” part of the term indicates that heat is used to melt and blend the layers of wax into a unified piece. Historically, Encaustics have been used to paint Egyptian funeral portraits and by Greeks to depict mythology in art. In the 20th Century, encaustics made a revival with well-known artists such as Van Gogh and Picasso.
My process is a combination of photography and photo-encaustics both separately and intertwined.

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