Anne Smidt, Encaustic
Anne is drawn to the art-making process on many levels; the exploration of a specific medium, the ability to express reoccurring themes, and the connections created in developing collaborative projects with other artists.
She works primarily with encaustics (warm beeswax, resin and pigments), both in paintings and three dimensional work, enjoying the spontaneity of the process.
Personal explorations and collaboration continue to be the foundation of Anne’s work.
Anne is an active member of International Encaustic Artists (IEA), the Encaustic Art Institute of New Mexico (EAI) and a member of the Whidbey Island Working Artists (WWA).
The Encaustic Process:
Encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, involves using a medium composed of beeswax and damar resin to which colored pigments are added. The heated wax is then applied to a surface - usually wood. Each layer is fused with a heat gun or torch. The word encaustic comes from Greek and means to-burn-in, which refers to the process of fusing the paint. This technique was first notably used in the Fayum mummy portraits from Egypt. They date to the Roman period, from the late 1st century BCE or the early 1st century CE onwards. It is not clear when their production ended, but recent research suggests the middle of the 3rd century.
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