work > 2011-12

As humans we often try to control the narrative that accompanies the events of our lives. We are surrounded by systems: social, political, and economic to name but a few, and while I focus on story in my work it is here that my interests lie. What happens to a system over time when different forces are applied? Is there a breakdown? Is there a coalescing of the different influences? It is easy to observe the breakdown and the connectivity and growth of systems if we stop and look at the deteriorating infrastructure and the development of renewal that surrounds us. What is the narrative revealed through this cycle?

Throughout the process of creating my work, my focus on both narrative and the organic system of combining my images and introducing wax remains at the forefront. However, I purposefully inject the development of each composition with media and processes that cause an almost complete loss of control. Open flames, irons and heat lamps have an immediate effect upon wax, the encaustic medium so integral to my overall process, as well as on the underlying imagery.

The juxtaposition of those initial images, drawn from my own collection of digital photographs and ephemera, to the wax, creates a story or a conversation, strengthening that exchange. It is the alteration of the images through the additive and subtractive methods of applying encaustic that changes the narrative of the work often producing new and unexpected systems with multiple interpretations.

what they hold
mixed media, encaustic/digital images
31"x28"
2012
part of the stable
mixed media, encaustic/digital images
41"x25"
2012
and he waited
mixed media, encaustic/digital images
7"x5"
2012
in their dreams
mixed media, encaustic/digital images
7"x5"
2012
it began here
mixed media, encaustic/digital images
7"x5"
2012
alone
mixed media, encaustic/digital images
8"x6"
2012
autumnal verge
mixed media, encaustic/digital images
8"x6"
2012
boston
mixed media, encaustic/digital images
8"x10"
2012
duncan projects 2
mixed media, encaustic/digital images
10"x8"
2012
going down
mixed media, encaustic/digital images
16"x20"
2012
in time
mixed media, encaustic/digital images
10"x8"
2012
passing through
mixed media, encaustic/digital images
16"x12"
2012
red
mixed media, encaustic/digital images
18"x14"
2012
silence
mixed media, encaustic/digital images
8"x10"
2012
silica conversation
mixed media, encaustic/digital images
16"x20"
2012
the sun still rises every morning
mixed media, encaustic/digital images
8"x6"
2012
this is what they heard
mixed media, encaustic/digital images
16"x12"
2012
we are intertwined
mixed media, encaustic/digital images
16"x12"
2012
where I find you
mixed media, encaustic/digital images
16"x20"
2012
caution
mixed media, encaustic/digital images
5.5"x4"
2012
down
mixed media, encaustic/digital images
8"x10"
2012
early Sunday morning
mixed media, encaustic/digital images
7"x5"
2012
Edison
mixed media, encaustic/digital images
16"x12"
2012
from across the way
mixed media, encaustic/digital images
7"x5"
2012
I can almost reach
mixed media, encaustic/digital images
5.5"x4"
2012
it's just work
mixed media, encaustic/digital images
7"x5"
2012
lift
mixed media, encaustic/digital images
7"x5"
2012
loose carts
mixed media, encaustic/digital images
4"x5.5"
2012
only dreams now
mixed media, encaustic/digital images
18"x14"
2012
mastaba
mixed media, encaustic/digital images
16"x20"
2012
maybe
mixed media, encaustic/digital images
7"x5"
2012
just beyond the sands
mixed media, encaustic/digital images
16"x20"
2012
waiting
mixed media, encaustic/digital images
4"x5.5"
2012
or, if you need a quarter
mixed media, encaustic/digital images
7"x5"
2012
sandy island
mixed media, encaustic/digital images
5.5"x4"
2012
swept
mixed media, encaustic/digital images
18"x14"
2012
across the sky
mixed media, encaustic/digital images
20" x 16"
2012
out of the fire
mixed media, encaustic/digital images
8"x6"
2012
what matters now
mixed media, encaustic/digital images
10"x8"
2012