Rosamond Gross

 

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Encaustic

Encaustic

I approach the process of art making as an exploration involving unexpected travels and an open attitude towards what the journey may bring.  As both an artist and educator, I set out to practice and teach the idea that original creations often result from the interplay of intentional design and a willingness to take risks and remain open to change and influence during the process of creating.

My own process begins with inspiration from compiled scraps of imagery.  I collect paper clippings, small personal belongings, family photographs, and textured items, pull them from their found context, and arrange them into my own new compositions.  I build up the surface with both translucent glazes and opaque layers, then respond to what has been built up through much subtraction and further addition. 

I find that creating work in encaustic medium, in particular, allows me to engage these qualities and techniques.  Some of the imagery in the encaustics is derived from oil paintings I have created, digitized and manipulated, then printed and transfered onto the wax.  Through my own ‘recycling’ of personal imagery, I am exploring how wholes broken down into smaller pieces can be used to ignite entirely new visual contexts.  I am challenging myself to create new wholes, the goal being a graceful coalescence of these seemingly separate pieces.

 

A Closer Look

A Closer Look

 

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