Encaustic is an old medium dating as far back as the Fayum mummies from 100-300 AD. In most basic terms, it is beeswax, resin, and oil pigment - heated, scraped, layered and buffed. I love the medium for its sculptural hospitality and the texture it willingly allows. The feel of the wax, the smell, the heat all make for a sensory experience in the studio.
The process itself is a way of stopping time for me. It is a way of almost encasing moments or memories, sealing them in layers of barely translucent wax, incising them with messages and inscriptions or encasing thoughts in a make-shift time capsule. The surface can be everything from marble smooth to craggy and dimpled. The gift from the bees is a resource for the artist to reimagine.