mixed media three dimensional wall sculpture encaustic painting-encaustic construct using beeswax, damar crystals, found objects, wire, powder pigment, acrylic paint on found objects (steel rail spike & clamps) oil paint, carnuba wax on birch board
My artwork which is an encaustic construct (a term I created to describe my technique which uses both encaustic painting and the addition of the term “constructs” defined as; to form by assembling or combining parts)
In 2008 I was commissioned by Barefoot Dance Studio in Tacoma, WA for a public art installation.
My responsibility as a conceptual artist was to collaborate with a variety of artists including the choreographer, dancers, performance artists, and story tellers in order to both create an environment that traversed time and to convey through oral history in a dynamic setting to the audience railroad stories from the past.
As a conceptual artist I worked with the choreographer and story tellers to understand further the meanings and atmosphere-environment that my artwork would become the backdrop for their dance, performance and words.
From this collaboration I created “Spike through the Heart” based upon one story in particular that a woman shared with me of how her grandmother who was a child and was raised along the tracks in a small shack with her mother.
One day, like every other day, living along the railroad tracks, she heard the train rumble and the house shake knowing that the train was approaching. This day was different though, she heard a loud screeching as the train conductor desperately tried to stop the train.
She said she will never forget how her grandmother’s face reflected the pain of that moment and she knew that she was reliving it all again, the sounds, the terror, of a child who had just lost her mother to the train.
After hearing her tell me her Grandmother’s story and how the train and the railroad tracks represented both memories of love and loss-I created “Spike through the Heart”.