Ink & Wax: Lynn Elliot-Harding

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Looking back, I have forever loved art and its practice, the magic of stories, and old things of every sort. Discovering encaustic painting has gathered together these integral threads of my life and given me an infinite path to widen my creative exploration. What visually drew me to encaustic medium was its luminosity, translucence, depth, and warmth.

And warmth is central to encaustic painting. Encaustic comes from the Greek, meaning "to heat" or "to burn". This ancient, almost 2000-year-old art medium has had a revival in the 20th and 21st centuries. Beeswax, combined with damar wax begins to cool the minute it leaves the heat source. Then each hardened, cooled layer is reheated to bind it to the previous layer of beeswax, building layers of story. Inclusions may be pigment, paper, silk. In this case the black pigment is supplied by India ink, and even more ancient medium that began in China. New images, abstractions, are created from the oldest of materials originating in cultures from which we bloomed.

Endlessly engaging and exciting for me are the interplay of warmth and cool, soft and hard, fragility and archival durability, archaic and fresh, control and surrender, ink and wax.

My pleasure in creating these images will be enriched if you enjoy them and whatever it is you find within them.