Encaustic Arts Magazine WINTER 2017 - Page 55

Sitting down to write this article I started thinking not only about my subject (3D sculpture) but more so, about the creative process behind my work and how it has been evolving. I’ve been intensionally making art for 30 years now, and each decade has offered numerous opportunities to reflect on the way I approach my work. The arc of my process gives insight to the progression of ideas and how I came to bring sculpted encaustic into my body of work, developing an original way to marry the two. In the beginning of my formalized art-making, it was all about trying new things. I wanted to try every new artist material, technique, and process that I came upon. There was a furious pace to digest, assimilate, “master”, and move on. Ah, youth. Then there was the next decade that transitioned to perfectionism, refinement, and the search for meaning...enter Ego. And then about five years ago there was a shift, and things started happening in a new way in my artwork... letting go. My curiosity deepened, but also “opened up”. My motivation softened and became reflection. And most changing, was the way I approached my work, or more accurately the way the work approached me. It is really about ease within the process. And while my work has matured along the way, it has retained its core qualities of intention. It is in reflection that I can see that it’s my relationship with my work that has changed, not the esthetic. This fundamental shift has helped me appreciate where I’ve come from, and interested me in where this journey goes with an ever deepening sense of curiosity. Single Pod, encaustic, plaster, wool fiber, 12 x 9 x 9 inches, 2016