Size: 12"W x 16"H x 0.5"D
Year Created: 2018
Ready to Hang
This painting was challenging to create. First, I rusted silk fabric with old pieces of iron, including a bicycle chain and keys. This takes several days of soaking the items in highly salted water with the silk surrounding them.. I then appended this silk to a 1/2 birch plywood and painted over with encaustic pigment, building up texture on parts of the piece. When I studied the design, it seemed like a spine of some ancient creature. Then a little child's face emerged. It became Spind Holding a Smiling CHild!
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.