Work > Natural Dye Artifacts

Landmarks I
naturals dyes, encaustic medium on wood
10" x 8"
2018
Unearthed
Natural dyes and encaustic medium on wood
8” x 10”
2018
Red Absence
Encaustic, natural dyes on wood
10" x 10"
2018
What Remains
Encaustic medium, natural dyes on wood
24” x 36”
2018
Red Feelings
Encaustic medium, natural dyes on wood
24” x 36”
2017
Of the Sun
Encaustic, natural dyes on wood
10" x 10"
2018
The Color of Horizons
Encaustic medium, indigo natural dye on paper
38” x 30”
2018

A flow of ancient memory;
unearthed,
remote, fragmented, and patinaed with the past;
the distance of another time.

I use natural dye plants from the land to create stains, unique marks, and surfaces held in the balance of beeswax and damar tree bark resin. The dyes are created using research and following recipes of ancient dyers from other cultures. A deep wisdom is found in creating color as each piece becomes an artifact of experience; thereby using the past in collaboration with the present moment. Each mark is made in an intuitive reaction to the ones before it, allowing each layer to inform the next. Inspired by a sense of place and the past, the artifacts become embedded with emotion and an imprint of the land, evoking absence, nostalgia, a deep longing, desire, sadness and joy becoming a tangible landscape of memory.