Photo by Eric Swanson


An installation of 12 encaustic monotypes with backlighting. Completed in 2009, Disappear is inspired by my memory of flying over the Louisiana wetlands’ lace-like structure of water, marshes, and sunlight glinting on water. Initially the piece reminded me of the erosion by Katrina. Now, given the oil disaster in the Gulf, this work feels more prescient. The fragility of the cut paper speaks to the fragility of all of nature, and the need to care for it. These encaustic monotype prints are pierced, cut and layered. The lighting produces shadows, and with backlighting, the clear wax areas are bright and translucent while the areas unprinted with encaustic appear to be darker. Light has a soothing effect. The art critic Jerry Saltz once wrote that “beauty in art can have a healing affect.” I agree.

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