Obscuring and burying images within layers of wax and paint helps to extend their meaning into the realms of memory and intuition. In these works, natural structures and man-made structures converge and collide, creating a dialogue between these opposing forces. The natural environment has suffered greatly as a result of commercial, residential, and industrial development. Nature struggles to survive and find new life within the continuous sprawl of these manmade environments.
With these paintings I intend to convey a sense of the poetry and endurance of nature as a force — a force that seems to persist in spite of man’s actions. In this work I seek to address larger questions concerning the lineage of our natural and man-made environments.
- Joanne Mattera, Author of “The Art of Encaustic Painting” and Director of the Encaustic Conference at Monserrat College of Art
- Barbara O’Brien, former Director of the Trustman Art Gallery at Simmons College and keynote speaker for the 2009 Encaustic Conference at Montserrat College of Art
- Hope Stockman, artscope writer