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The inspiration for this show came largely from a workshop Christy took at the John C. Campbell Folk School in North Carolina in 2016. The class, called “Beeswax and Bindings,” introduced participants to the art of creating small journals using beeswax, or encaustic paints, and a variety of multi-media techniques. Along with this new technique, this exhibit includes examples of her work in collage, drawing, and a first time experience with ink on ceramic tile.“Encaustic” means to “to burn in”, and is the combination of beeswax and dammar resin; adding pigment creates encaustic paint. Most of Christy’s encaustic pieces are printed paper pressed onto melted wax on a heated palette, sometimes with stencils laid down first. One can also paint directly onto a surface, make marks on top of or under the wax, dip paper into it, stamp, transfer images onto a waxed piece, collage with it, embed flat materials into it, and the list goes on. Christy’s encaustic work here is presented in three forms: in twelve of the 16 Squares of the Blacksburg logo, the small journals I made in the workshop, and as parts of several other pieces in the show.
An opening reception will take place on Friday, April 6, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., as part of downtown Blacksburg’s Art Walk.
“In these recent explorations, I have been fascinated by the difference in process and result: with encaustic and even collage, I have no idea what the finished piece will look like, but with a drawing the result is usually quite close to what I had envisioned from its conception. I have learned a lot on this journey, and am grateful for continuing inspiration and the increasing courage to try new things!” – Christy Mackie