As another branch of my “Discarded” series, I have been incorporating antique photography into encaustic works.
I have a fascination with antique photography. It’s sad and intriguing to find old family snaps and formal shots for sale at junk shops and antique stores. I can spend ages sifting through these crumbling old pages from someone else’s life. I like the idea of giving them a new life by putting them into art pieces. I find these images so inspiring – precisely because I don’t actually know the people in them. It affords each image the potential of infinite stories.
My newest iteration of this series is incorporating these images into encaustic works. Encaustic is painting with melted wax, and you can do image transfers, collage and carving into the wax to build your image. I used the image transfer method to create this series.