Work > Natural Dye Artifacts

natural dyes, encaustic painting, indigo, stephany latham
Indigo natural dye, chamomile tea, encaustic medium, damar resin
24" x 24"
2019
natural dyes, encaustic painting, stephany latham, indigo
Indigo natural dye, chamomile tea, encaustic medium, damar resin
24" x 24"
2019
encaustic medium, natural dyes, indigo, stephany latham
Indigo natural dye, chamomile tea leaves, encaustic medium, damar resin, mounted on wood
24” x 24”
2019
Unearthed
Natural dyes and encaustic medium on wood
8” x 10”
2018
Landmarks I
naturals dyes, encaustic medium on wood
10" x 8"
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 Space Between
Encaustic medium and graphite on canvas
48” x 48”
2017
The Color of Horizons
Encaustic medium, indigo natural dye on paper
38” x 30”
2018
Memory's Landscape
natural dyes, encaustic medium, and dry pigment on wood
24" x 36"
2018
Rise
natural dyes, encaustic medium, and dry pigment
8" x 10"
2017
Clear Knowing
natural dyes, encaustic medium, and dry pigment on wood
24" x 24"
2017

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

Artifacts of Experience serves as a souvenir that encapsulates either a glimpse of time, or a memory tied to place. Each object holds unique natural formations, textures and a palette dyed by natural dyes or native plants from the Midwest. These artifacts are dyed, painted, layered, and scraped away to uncover what remains.

In this way, I integrate many components into process, by first gathering natural dye pigments, then capturing unique abstractions via an intuitive dyeing process in which I manipulate color with encaustic medium, and damar tree resin. I view working with encaustic materials and natural dyes as a way to directly interact with the landscape, whereby the paintings become a marker of the land, and an artifact of experience.