Encaustic Drawings: Earth, Ash, and Rust | Paul Roorda

June 21 to July 2, 2006

Drawing on beeswax surfaces using natural materials, I explore themes of deterioration and regeneration. Ideas of mourning, loss, aging, and memory are evoked in distressed and worn surfaces.  The disintegration of an object as it rusts or decomposes is contrasted with the recreation of the object as a drawing. 

An image of rusty nails is made by distressing and scratching a beeswax surface using the nails, and drawn using the rust collected from those tarnished nails. The ash of burned wheat is the material used to create the image of wheat.  Earth is rubbed into the wax to create landscapes.  

The object becomes the image.  The image does not merely represent the subject, it is the subject.

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