Happenstance- a blend of the words: happen and circumstance is a good description for this exploration of wax and dye on paper. I can't quite predict the end results as colors change and wax adheres and crackles in different areas of the paper. I'm gathering colors from table scraps and cooking. Pomegranate makes a lovely, rich rosy hue and beet juice, a deeper, rich violet. Last night, I created a golden yellow from a combination of onion and shallot skins. I think this is my favorite so far. To the left, is a combination of these dyes (minus the onion), and wax, drying on a sheet of newsprint.
The process is somewhat like relief print as you must plan ahead what will be exposed paper and add the wax relief over colors that you would like to remain. Additional colors seep into the fibers of the paper creating a network of lines and texture.
Here is a work after the wax has been removed...i love Rives BFK printmaking paper! Big vats of dye in the studio in an ancient warehouse proves to be cumbersome...I apologize to my neighbors below me after I dropped one and the dye literally dripped down through the floorboards, 2 floors before I mopped it up. Luckily, its all organic, but messy.
Three finished pieces: pomegranate and beets I and II- & root system on paper.
artist, exploring abstract imagery through texture and multiple mediums.