ON ENCAUSTIC COLLAGE
When I first encountered the aroma of melting beeswax in the summer of 2014, I knew that the universe was aligning a new artistic path for me. Truthfully, I'm in love with the buttery and robust surface of beeswax. It glazes over both inanimate and organic collage material. Each individual image beckons me to pick it up and cut it out... There is a tapestry that emerges when all the images are ironed together.
Currently, my heart is drawn to collage as the appropriate refuge. I have a background in painting and political activism, yet my current work is a form of silent protest. My mixed feelings about the world fuel a need to make mixed media work. I attempt to describe the indescribable: Duality, mystery, mysticism and magic.
My collages often evoke archetypes, hidden references, and mythology. Ancient cathedrals, temples and heritage sites are combined with a (hopeful) dose of spontaneity. Often, I'll merge contrasting iconography from several of the major religions. East somehow does meet west. Despite seemingly conflicted religious and cultural agendas, I aim to show universal parallels, desires, and transcendence. Ultimately, I hope my work is a small and subtle conduit towards peace.