Encaustic Constructions, circa 2003.
I suppose these aren’t strictly prerivatives, as I had certainly seen photo collage work and the use of encaustic wax before. The “Encaustic Constructions” project evolved from a previous body of work, “The Illuminated Shadow”, which centered on the abstractions and textures of human form and flesh. Initially I simply wantd to be able to make larger work and didn’t have access to a large printer or the means to pay for large prints. At the beginning I was simply “tiling” small prints and combining them using wax. But as is often the case, this new method led me to new ideas. The “Constructions” took the focus of line and texture from “Illuminated Shadow” even further by placing the same imagery in different contexts, combining them with text and three dimensional environments and by further deconstructing the human form into disconnected elements or overlapping forms.
This is the series which is represented at the “Last Beasts” show in Savannah listed below.