Studio 56 - Lisa Bick Encaustics

Category / Medium:  Encaustic and Cold Wax

Favorite Nearby Restaurant:  Tesuque Village Market

"The word "encaustic" comes from the Greek word enkastikos, which means "to burn". The oldest surviving piece is from the 1st century B.C. The process is an ancient technique involving melted beeswax, damar resin and pigment applied in layers which are like translucent veils. Each layer of wax is fused to the layers beneath with the fire of a blowtorch or a heat gun. The wax may be pushed and burned and scraped to create a piece that is uniquely my own. 
I am a romantic and a wordsmith and see my images as visual poetry and the exploration and interplay of the senses layered with scrims of images and color. Personal experiences, travel as well as poetry, music and even the smudge of apricot sunsets over the Sangre de Christo mountains help inspire me to create images that resonate with history as well as the modern; the rare and the common. I love the organic quality of the wax and the ability to layer or substract the wax to express my emotions of the moment." 
 - Lisa Bick