Brain, stem: an Encaustic Painting

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Biographic note from the artist:

“My passion for photography was first revealed in a fourth-grade class trip to Washington D.C. when I slipped away to photograph a spiral staircase. This fascination with photography became a path followed, leading me to obtain a BFA graduating cum laude, to a professional career in fine arts and photography. My art is a combination of photography and encaustic. I transfer images I’ve photographed directly into an encaustic (wax) medium and embellish them with colored wax mediums I make from oil-based or powder pigments.

Encaustic painting is one of the oldest forms of art known to man. Samples can be seen as far back as the Egyptian Fayum Mummy portraits which are over 2,500 years old. Encaustic paintings are resistant to moisture, acid, and mold, and thus contain excellent archival properties. I enjoy the wide range of possibilities inherent in this technique – the evocative and distressed tones, and especially the additive and subtractive qualities that come along with the process. Through my art, I continue to express concepts of growth and awareness, and to promote the preservation of our external environment, as well as the cultivation of our inner.

Located at the Brewery Arts Complex in Los Angeles, I have been participating in this community’s biannual open studio events since 2007, and I also teach encaustic workshops held there in my studio. Please feel free to reach out if you are interested in my art, want to be added to my show announcement list, or to learn more about my encaustic and photo transfer workshops.”

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December 13, 2022 11:01 pm

The closer I look at this piece, the more I’m mesmerized by it.

December 6, 2022 10:05 am

It’s so easy to take for granted the intricate interplay of all our anatomy and physiology, which allows us to do even the simplest things!
So I love that this artwork, pulls back the curtain and pays homage to the anatomy of the brainstem. And with such an interesting frame-which relates to the central image.
I’d love to know what inspired the artist to create this!

December 7, 2022 12:50 am
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Hi! Thank you for your comment, I am the artist. Indeed, you touch upon the fact of the many layers of interplay in regards to the human brain. I like to open up a dialog regarding human behavior, as to where it “stems” from. I use art to explore introspection, self-discovery, why we do the things we do — various human perceptions. Each of us brings our own unique experiences to the table, which plays… Read more »

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