|"Singles Ad," Found Photo, Color, Wax Seal and Encaustic on Panel|
They found me, I found them - friendly faces and magical places from the past waiting for a revival. My addition to each vintage photograph creates a slight twist in the story or moment. A jewel, bug or game piece adds play, while a pressed flower, feather or a touch of color adds beauty.
Each image and object is mounted to a sized wooden panel and preserved under encaustic medium. Encaustic is a combination of beeswax, crystallized tree resin and oil pigment (for color). The medium is brushed on molten then fused with a heat gun. The transparent and adhesive qualities of encaustic were ideal for preserving each one of these memorable photos. These captured images paired with ephemeral bits became playful yet poignant encaustic epithets.
Saving the world, or a world, preserving history or genius, saintliness or innocence, touching something beyond our random existence is a labour of love, a constant ritual, one face of the desire to be authentic, to be human." - Philipp Blom