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Tectonic Shift IV, 2020




This is the fourth painting in my Tectonic Shift series. It is painted with encaustic wax with added silkscreen elements under and over the wax. An archival inkjet print of bedrock was printed onto ricepaper and embedded in the wax. Encaustic is a painting medium that has been used for thousands of years. It has enjoyed a resurgence in contemporary painting. Encaustic consists of pigmented beeswax that has been hardened by the addition of damar, a natural resin. I enjoy this medium for it's translucency and versatility. In its appearance it can seem both fluid and solid. Encaustic is archival and will not melt under normal living conditions. The wax must reach 150 F before it even begins to soften. I conceived of Tectonic Shift because of the unsettled times we are in. It feels to me like everything is changing in our fragile world at a speed that is unsettling. The bedrock of our thinking is being challenged socially, politically and physically, as the climate of the Earth is changing, and we are facing a pandemic. Tectonic Shift is a way for me to explore this experience. There is much anxiety during this time, but I hold out hope that we can make our way through, remembering that change is part of creation. Tectonics are the processes that control the structure and properties of the Earth's crust and its evolution through time. These include the processes of mountain building, the growth and behavior of the strong, old cores of continents, and the ways in which the relatively rigid plates that constitute the Earth's outer shell interact with each other.

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36.00 x 24.00 x 1.50 in | 91.44 x 60.96 x 3.81 cm

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