These days, my studio is filled with torn paper from discarded books & clothes patterns, along with the smell of burning wax, as I take discarded pieces of wood & create visual poetry using the encaustic photo transfer process.
Encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, involves using heated beeswax mixture to which colored pigments are added. The word encaustic originates from the Greek word
enkaustikos which means to burn in.
The encaustic photo transfer process has been a challenge at times, but has been a worthwhile commitment. The process has allowed me to create art with my photography in ways I haven't before. Since most of my photography work is digital, the transfer process helps me connect with the photographs in ways I imagine processing film photography does.
I love it.
Photography is one of the ways I share the beauty I see in the "every day," as well as telling the stories of love, loss, pain, hope, joy and re-creation that make up our lives.
As an artist, my call is to create opportunities for people to encounter beauty in the routine and mundane through life "made still." I use the words "made still" because it is my desire to invite the viewer to be present in "now" moments. It's through presence, our being present as individuals in daily encounters, that we become aware of the sacredness of life that surrounds us.
I will be exhibiting pieces from the collection this month at The Collective, as well as a couple of holiday markets in December. I'll even have a few pieces at Art Crawl (Nov. 21-22).
If you are interested in a piece & cannot make the events, do message me HERE. I'd be delighted for the work to find a home with you!
Click HERE to follow the process & journey on instagram.
Lanecia A. Rouse