This cycle of work has as its center the figure, usually in relation to other figures or objects. There is no clear identity to these figures or what the subject matter or narrative is concerned with; there is no consistent timeframe in which events occur but rather an ambiguity of past, present and future. These paintings consist of figurative 'theater like' compositions, some having autobiographical references, others determined purely by the demands of visual necessity and invention.
The painting process can best be described as encaustic collage painting. Most of the forms and figures are derived from drawings transferred onto sheets of paper that have been colored using a variety of paint media. The images are cut from these prepared papers and reassembled through a process of painting and collage to arrive at a final form. Central to this process is the role of the encaustic medium in integrating all the media and materials and in determining the 'look' and 'feel' of the finished work.
The works are constructed in paint and collage; they reference ideas of personal history and are themselves meditations on the creative process.
The raw material used in these paintings are altered book-pages. They provide an important stimulating impulse for each work; their familiar forms and printed surfaces reflect a history as 'carriers' of ideas and information.
Because of the unpredictable, non linear 'construction' of these paintings, the final state of each work and it's meaning remains dependant on the particular viewer and their 'reading' of the work. This role of the work as 'intermediary' between artist and viewer is an important element in the artist's creative process.
Medium and Technique: Encaustic Painting
The works are all created using the encaustic medium, a painting technique that consists of suspending color pigment in a solution of hot wax and resin. The wax/resin solution serves as both medium for the color and adhesive for the collage elements. Using the hotplate as a palette, the paint is applied to the surface of the paper or canvas with a brush. The multiple layers of paint and paper can be reworked, removed and added to through the heating process.
The painting is built upon canvas glued to a solid wooden substrate of panel and frame.