Size: 24"W x 16"H x 0.5"D
Year Created: 2018
Ready to Hang
This is an acrylic painting on plywood, using collage methods. When I began painting, I worked with a woman whom I'd interviewed for a local cable
TV show. She invited me to her studio where she gently and meditatively taught me how to select and use materials. I loved the reverie of playing with color, shapes, surfaces. This was one of my original pieces from that time. It brings to mind a journey... the waves, which are mediated by some strong diagonals, interrupting the flow of the waves. What do you see?
I'm Karma Kitaj, encaustic and mixed media artist. Do you know what encaustic is? It's an ancient form of painting, having survived over millenia The Fayum portraits were discovered, buried in mummies in Eqypt, created by Greek painters in 1st c. AD, revived in the 20th century. The pigment is composed of beeswax and a resin that gives the wax more body and shine. Then luscious pigments are added to that medium. Many encaustic paintings are made on wood, which holds the wax well and does not easily bend. The artist applies various layers of pigment and burns in each layer with a heat gun or torch. This process is reflected in the word encaustic, which means "to burn in". In my paintings and mixed media work, I use a combination of wax, oil, tar, spray paint, cloth, mylar, paper, and any variety of found objects. The wax can be built up to have a sculptural effect or it can be very smooth and glossy or luminescent. The work does not have to be framed, saving the buyer a lot of money.