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Encaustic artwork on show

- PHOTO: Wendy Stephens By WENDY STEPHENS

ENCAUSTIC artist Marijke Gilchrist will be holding an exhibition of her latest artworks at Turntable Gallery, Yack Station, Turntable Lane, Yackandand­ah.

From the Ancient Greek “enkaustiko­s”, meaning “to burn in”, her painting employs the process of fusing layers of beeswax mixed with resin and pigment to create works with a deep finish, and luminous, ethereal qualities.

Ms Gilchrist was a traditiona­l artist until she discovered the tactile delight of working with beeswax, pigment and other mixed media to create luminous art works.

“Since I discovered the medium in 2013 I have been hooked and continue to experiment in my Canberra Studio,” she said.

“Working in encaustic is a sensory experience: smelling the beeswax; feeling the intense heat used to fuse the layers; and watching works unfolding from a liquid to a solid state.

“Texture can be explored through gouging, scraping and smoothing each layer and tools include chains, dentistry equipment and linocut blades.

“Other materials can be incorporat­ed, such handdyed silk, teabags, rust, transferre­d images and found objects (including seashells and dried seaweed).”

Encaustic is the oldest known pigment binder, with its colour remaining intact after centuries.

The end product has a soft (yet durable) finish. Impervious to moisture, the wax prevents cracking or fading.

Ms Gilchrist was born in Holland and migrated with her parents in the early 1950s and now lives in Canberra.

She has had five encaustic exhibition­s held in Canberra, Sydney, Kiama and Costa Rica.

The Yackandand­ah exhibition will be open daily until April 5.

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 ??  ?? SENSORY ART: Arijke Gilchrist with some of her latest encaustic paintings on display at the Turntable Gallery, 6 Turntable Lane, Yackandand­ah.
SENSORY ART: Arijke Gilchrist with some of her latest encaustic paintings on display at the Turntable Gallery, 6 Turntable Lane, Yackandand­ah.

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