My encaustic mixed media works are imbedded with the lives of many. There is an old myth that says when your name disappears, you disappear. Through this series of work, I investigate why some stories become a part of our lexicon and some do not. With collage, using just one item or element that does not belong to you but rather contains its own history, allows the owner’s original story to continue; the name to remain.
Similarly working with the medium of encaustic, wax becomes a figurative container for these memories and stories. Wax has several inherent qualities that allow it to withstand the test of time. Encaustic art dates back to the 4th century BC in Ancient Greece, and is known for its capability of preserving works for over 2000 years without cracking. By encasing these objects within this material, memories have the ability to persist and remain, revealing layers of time as their own brand of relic.