I love innovation. I do. I adore making art on my IPAD with APPS. I love my digital cameras. Yet, I have a deep love for all things print, old typewriters, cameras, writing desks, ink wells …
Combine that passion for print with my love of series work, wherein I focus on a subject and create multiple works of art that explores it through a single or several mediums, and you will meet my newest work “In Praise of Print.”
This collection contains the whole ball of wax, so to speak. It begins with photographs of my old typewriters, paintings, print ephemera, cameras, books, and other objects in my library. It involves bringing all of that work together into digital mixed media prints that become encaustic mixed media pieces. Encaustic painting involves working with a hot beeswax medium and oil paints. (It is the only cooking I do, really. My family members quickly lost their smiles when I bought a griddle and brought it directly to my studio. I made a straight beeline right through the kitchen with it.)
I think, because of the permanency of encaustic, I am trying to say that PRINT will always be a process and a product in my life. INK is in my blood. I love the smell of books. I love the feel of the newspaper. I adore, I mean completely flip, over typewriters, inkwells and dip pens.
To date, two pieces for “In Praise of Print” are complete. In fact, you can see them for the first time this Friday night, when Arts on Union, a fine arts gallery and design studio in Middletown, Pa., opens its new exhibition “The Mixed Media Art Group.” I intend to limit the prints in this collection, even though each of the single prints, will be slightly different due to the nature of encaustic.
Come on over Friday. Or contact Arts on Union to arrange to see the work privately.
Now, I am off to read a book. I always have several going and among the currents is Eight Girls Taking Pictures, which I am reading in book form and The Time in Between, which I am reading on my IPAD in IBooks.