The paintings, prints and print collages in this show were created in response to daily observations of the aquatic flora and fauna at the pond on my farm.
I am particularly drawn to the close-up environment versus expansive landscapes with a horizon line, and the three oil paintings and two large framed pieces of woodcut prints reflect this view. The remaining works are constructed from pieces of woodcut prints that are collaged on board with encaustic medium. Encaustic medium is composed of beeswax and damar resin crystals, providing a unique and alternative adhesive, as well as a protective finish for artworks. It needs to be heated and melted, in order to brush it on the substrate. Multiple layers can be applied, using either beeswax and damar alone or beeswax with pigments mixed in for color. As layers of beeswax are built up, interesting textures and transparent effects can result.
You can see more of Wendy’s work at the Patricia Carega Gallery in Center Sandwich, and at her website, http://wendyketchum.com