This listing is for a reproduction of an original encaustic on panel.
Imagine a day in early summer. You’re lying on the ground, looking up through the trees, and a window to another world emerges - perhaps a window into yourself. ”Daydream” is part of a larger series about private worlds and interior landscapes. With these paintings, I am specifically exploring and mapping that internal terrain: our memories, emotions, imaginings, and daydreams.
Here, the central image was taken with a fisheye lens on my iPhone as I lay on my back in the middle of an alder marsh on an island in Puget Sound. The original image has been utterly transformed, but I think I captured the exact feeling of possibility I had in that moment.
So, what's encaustic? Encaustic is an ancient medium, and archeologists have found encaustic artwork on wood and linen that's over 2000 years old, and in good condition. The tree resin raises the melting point of the wax, as well as making the final surface harder, shinier, and more durable. Part of why I love encaustic is the incredible depth I can achieve and the soft, luminous quality it gives the work. Occasionally, this depth and softness will translate as a soft focus, or slightly blurred, effect in a reproduction, emphasizing the dreamy quality of the painting.