Size: 11"W x 14"H x 0.1"D
Year Created: 2017
My curiosity in connecting to the layers that create something or someone, and in the resilience and adaptability of the human spirit and nature, has led me to an investigative excavation of the transformative power of vulnerability and struggle. There is a quiet reverence in being allowed to be a witness to the discovery process, to scraping beneath the surface. I use my art to further this search, giving visual meaning to an idea, memory, or emotion. This becomes a journey in which layers of self are uncovered, reinterpreted and expressed. Ultimately my art becomes a vehicle through which internal dialogue and external communication intersect.
My preferred medium is encaustics -- pigmented beeswax and resin -- as it is dimensional, tactile and forgiving. A balance exists between having an intention, a plan, and shifting with the wax toward an unexpected outcome. This echoes the beautiful, rich struggle of being alive. The wax both creates and reveals its own story or history through its layers which can remain visible or be obscured. The simultaneous building up and stripping down of the wax layers hints at the complexity of our sometimes messy imperfect existence. The scrapes, scratches, drips and incisions are all a reflection of the beauty held within the natural world and within human imperfection, vulnerability and struggle.
Sabrina Armitage was born in Vienna, Austria and currently lives and works in the Los Angeles area. After studying Fine Art at Otis College of Art and Design, Sabrina entered the world of encaustic painting in 2012. Themes of resilience and adaptability weave through her art reflecting her background in Psychology and Clinical Social Work and the desire to unfold layers that reveal the inner landscape allowing the tension between contrasting elements to have a transformative effect.