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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
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)
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.
For more information or to learn more please go to www.heatherjoymiller.com
Heather Joy Miller