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Encaustic artwork on show
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.