This was my very first etching and the image that started the first concept I worked with.
As new students to intaglio etching, our professor told the class to take our brand new, shiny, zinc plate…and beat the crap out of it. Throw it down the sidewalk, run over it with your car, do whatever you want to scratch the surface. Why? There’s nothing more intimidating than a blank slate. A perfect surface. Sometimes, making that first mark is the hardest part. By scratching up the surface, that worry of the first mark has been taken care of for you. We were asked to compose an abstract image using those random scratches. I’m not very good at abstract. I have a hard time connecting to it and especially creating it, so asked permission to use a representational image as an outline and create something abstract-ish on the inside using symbols and patterns that are meaningful to me.
I feel there’s no right or wrong way to interpret art. I love that the artist and viewer will often have different views and insights based on their own personal experiences. Some viewed the
Frills and Thrills is my first attempt at encaustic painting which is painting with heated wax. Pigments can be added to the wax or it can be used in its original state as I did above. Within the wax I layered a print, vintage garter clips and a shoe buckle. Encaustic painting provides endless opportunities for experimentation and I look forward to trying my hand at more techniques.