Encaustic on Watercolor Paper on Wood, Mica, River Rocks
15.25”h x 19”w
2006 - Private Collection of John Svara/Haven Kimmel
Statement on Series, of which UNEARTH was the 'focal' piece . . . This body of work, titled Excavations, is an ongoing exploration of archaeological content begun in 2004. It includes 3 sub-categories: but I will focus on Identification of Personal Archeology for this posting.
These works explore and integrate both my personal and cultural iconography. Repeated media includes encaustic (molten wax with pigment) and found objects on wood. I choose to work in encaustic for its properties of luminosity and layering, as well as its flexibility with mixed media. The found objects represent personal associations of childhood [in UNEARTH the river rocks are like the ones on my Grandfather's Indiana Farm and the mica was actually found, in its natural rock state, while hiking in North Georgia, as I peeled the layers apart, it metaphorically revealed the translucency of my life/humanity], as well as the broadened idea of cultural experiences. By exploring contemporary interpretations and pushing the limits of idea, material, and presentation, I celebrate the sacredness as well as the irony of the objects.
Here is a link to an Essay regarding my theories on Eco-psychology, which was the impetus for the Diptych UNEARTH.
More specifically, what I do is question what sparks my childhood interests and then delve into that from every direction . . . archaeology blows my mind - not just the history but the literal physical act of searching, digging, failing, revealing.
The organic lines UNEARTH are actual topographic lines and the grid is created from real archaeological screening material (my kids took a Summer Archaeological class at the college I taught at in FLORIDA) . . . that sifting can reveal many things - trash, organic manner, man-made relics, etc. - - by overlaying the translucent theories of virtual psychological archaeology with the empirical science of archaeology, using personal icons from my childhood & beyond, this came up.
The blue squares contained in the grid represent the metaphorical "treasures" found (and is the same way that found items are recorded by archaeologist's).
Other works in the EXCAVATION series include:
Reliquary, 7"h x 18"w x 11"d. Encaustic on Watercolor Paper on Pine Wine Box, Sliding Box Top, Interior contains black river rocks. Floor Installation. AVAILABLE.
Open view of SLICE OF LIFE, altered Wine Storage Box, Private Collection: John W. & Sarah MacMullen.
Closed view of SLICE OF LIFE.
14"h x 8"w x 3"d
INCENDIARY (above, right)
Souvenier Matchbox, Matches, Mica, Encaustic in Found Box
Opened size: 10” x 5”
2006 - AVAILABLE
SAFETY ISSUES (left)
Box, Safety Pins (personal icon of artist), Encaustic, Rusted Mesh, Iron Tacks
4" x 8.25" open
2006 - AVAILABLE
Remnants of Truth (left)
Encaustic, Box, Wire, Rice Paper, Oil Pastel, Found Wire from East Green (Central Park)
Available 6"x 8.25" (open)
Hope you enjoy!