Newport Beach Artist Paints With Fire And Molten Wax

"Immersed" a solo installation presented by Heather Joy Miller and Anne's Boutiques Wines.
By: Heather Joy Miller Art
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. - March 17, 2016 - PRLog -- It's easy to see how living at the beach has impacted the work of Newport Beach artist Heather Joy Miller. The fluidity and movement of her work captivates its audience with supple texture and sculptural qualities.

Heather's work is created with one of the oldest mediums still in use today called encaustic which is made of beeswax, damar resin and pigment. Encaustic is a Greek word meaning "to heat or burn in" (enkaustikos) and can be traced back to portraits painted in 100-300 A.D. by Greek painters in Egypt. Heat is used throughout the process, from melting the beeswax to fusing the layers of wax. While working with molten wax and a blow torch, she undeniably creates pieces that have depth and movement.

Heather explains "My work is very intuitive by nature and painting with encaustic allows me to explore this even more. As I work, I build up and fuse layer upon layer of molten wax. As it begins to harden, I scrape, tear, carve into and burn down these layers to reveal underlying compositions that are excavated by this tactual and physical process. My intention as I go through this process is to spark a memory or emotional recollection within the viewer."

In this series, Heather captures a connection to water that is embedded within us. "Life begins immersed in liquid, it provokes memories within us all that bring on feelings of nostalgia and escape. There is something about the ocean that is utterly captivating. The smell of the sea, salt in the air, rolling sets of waves crashing on shore that can either energize you or lull you into deep relaxation. I am inspired by each of these things every day."

The installation is up now at Anne's Boutique Wines, 270 E 17th St in Costa Mesa and will be on display through the end of April. Artists reception is Saturday, March 26th from 5:00-8:00 pm.

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