This piece is about what it means to live in our complex digital world. Hidden currents moving below the surface of our lives--fed to us through TV and internet--are represented by light and deep blue encaustic wax, with lines carved to reveal bright colored bits of information. This artwork is on wood and the encaustic wax continues around the sides. It comes ready to hang.
Encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, involves using heated beeswax to which colored pigments are added. The hot liquid/paste is then applied to a surface—usually prepared wood, though canvas and other materials can be used. Metal tools and special brushes can be used to shape the wax before it cools, or heated metal tools can be used to manipulate it once it has cooled on the surface. Other materials can be encased, layered or collaged into the surface, using the encaustic medium to adhere them to the surface.
A one-of-a-kind artwork is a unique piece handmade by the artist. There is only one in existence. The work may be part of a series, however, the piece itself is unlike any other.