Wax painting exhibition depicting the energies of stories expressed through intuitive tarot. The exhibition will be running from 12 August – 18 December and is open to staff only in the Staff Centre, Talbot Campus.
This exhibition is an artist in residency with Sarah installing a series of 21 wax painting over the period of four months. She will be adding to the original five paintings each month to build the collection so do come back and view the work as it grows.
The medium used was prompted by an enquiry into the typical energies of stories expressed through the reading of tarot. Obviously you can ‘ask’ the tarot what you like, although it is in fact a vehicle for exposing what you already know. And so the inherent fluidity and meditative quality of my painting style shares this idea of ‘exposing’ and ‘allowing’ the truth of the painted image to reveal itself. The pictures have a life of their own in the way that the wax melts to make an image appear and, a bit like tarot or archetypes, you have to put aside judging what occurs as right or wrong and view the colour and form with a detached perspective before you can recognise what is presenting in the painting.
Sarah: Encaustic Artist
Sarah is a self-taught encaustic artist, working with melted coloured beeswax. Encaustic painting is one of the world's oldest art forms. The earliest applications of encaustic wax paint were done by the artists of Ancient Greece using wax paint to adorn sculptures, murals, boats, and even architecture. "I discovered how to work these materials in my early life as an artist. My style has developed out of curiosity for the medium and a love of allowing the materials to guide how a picture unfolds. The waxes are melted, and spread across coated paper (similar to photographic paper) and a variety of hot tools are employed to add detail. Working in this way involves the ability to literally ‘go with the flow’; each piece is unique, an image reveals itself through the forms, patterns and colour that present. There is an aspect of ‘alchemy’ with the use of heat, fire, fluidity and so transformation."
Where: Staff Centre, Poole House, Talbot Campus - staff access only.