The Versatility of Encaustic
After painting realistically for 30 years and doing sculpture for ten years, I began working with encaustic. Like many others working with this medium, I was attracted to its translucency, luscious sheen and tactility. But I probably most appreciate the versatility of the medium, as one can use painting, collage, printmaking and sculptural techniques with it.
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Encaustic Sculpture 3-Dimensional Exploration
I took a 3-D Encaustic workshop at Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill on Cape Cod about 6 years ago with Miles Conrad, an accomplished professional artist and owner of Conrad Wilde Gallery in Tucson, AZ. I respect and admire him as an artist and I love his work. It was wonderful to learn from him.
Working with encaustic off the two dimensional plane
After returning home, during one moment of exploration, I repeatedly dipped shaped paper into encaustic medium, built up the thickness of the surface, and adhered components together to make a larger sculpture. My Cluster series was born.
I’ve since use fabric and other fibers to create three-dimensional forms that resemble works in nature, but are unique abstractions. As with Earth Pod below, I have also cast encaustic into molds that I made from my sculptures.
3-D Encaustic Sculpture Workshops
Classes with Helen are available on Catalyst Art Lab.
Dare to move off the panel!
I hope that our art and this post inspires you, even if you aren’t able to attend the workshop, to explore 3-D encaustic sculpture.