I scanned and printed some old handwritten letters onto regular Epson Watercolor paper. Then I printed the color photo of the model onto the washi paper.
A couple years ago I tried this type of sandwich but with wax between the photos. While it technically worked, it was a painful process and the inevitability of air bubbles, especially with a larger piece, caused me to have nightmares.
Here's my 2 images glued down before the application of wax.
And here's the piece after a few layers of encaustic medium have been applied. It was fun watching the under letter layer reveal itself as I fused the wax and it soaked into the washi paper/upper photo.
I'm quite excited about the initial result. It has sparked many more ideas and I can't wait to refine this idea. My first change is to break up the texture of the letter layer so it isn't so uniform. Here's a shot from the next attempt.
For those of you who are around the Lexington, KY area and might be interested, I will have new pieces on display along with Page Turner and Amanda J. Cawby at the MS Rezny Studio and Gallery for the month of September 2014.
Here's a write up for the show:
|Left: Page Turner|
Right Top: Melissa T. Hall
Right Bottom: Amanda J. Cawby
Defined as the part of something that is left when the other parts are gone, “Remnants” is a body of work produced by three artists brought together by a common fascination with the scraps, mementos, leftovers, sentimental objects, and traces left behind by others.
Approaching the theme from slightly different directions, Page Turner and Amanda J. Cawby make use of the actual physical remnants from people’s lives in their complex assemblages, while Melissa T. Hall uses the idea of people’s actions leaving behind a vestige or trace to fuel her conceptual images.
Turner sculpts assemblages which resonate with the personal history of everyday objects. Her sculptures explore ideas about female gender roles, especially social mores of women seen through fashion, undergarments, and sexual taboos. Using domestic skills passed down from Grandmothers, Mother, Aunts, and Sisters, Turner pays sincere homage to the feminine.
Cawby finds herself drawn to the inherent energy of objects and remnants left behind by others. Her completed assemblages are a combination of her own personal narratives and the collected ephemera she repurposes and transforms. Cawby’s work evokes thoughts of stories left untold, paths not taken, and destinies unfulfilled.