“FRAYED,” “ISOLATION,” and “DIVIDED INTERESTS” are minimalist paintings from The State of Things series which utilizes deconstructed clothing shreds and smoothness of wax surface to conceptualize a future sustainable clothing industry in which the clothes we wear promote equity and environmental sanctity.
I made these paintings as part of an exhibition titled “The Clothes We Wear” which sought to bring attention to the impact and resulting inequities of our culture’s see now, buy now, discard now approach to contemporary fashion. They were all created in my studio here in Old Colorado City during Covid isolation in 2020 and 2021. The titles reflect not only my personal state of being during that period, but the state of our nation as citizens engaged in the politicization of the pandemic.
The glass-like quality of the encaustic surfaces in these paintings is a technical skill achieved by the fact that I have been working with the wax medium for over twenty-five years. It is the nature of wax to create texture, not smoothness, and although I often deliberately include textural features in my paintings, my personal joy is to engage with and achieve the mastery of the smooth, polished surface you see in these paintings. The 3D elements are all fabric pieces deconstructed from my own clothing closet.