This form, (S)he, comes from the experience with and the aesthetics of the Narrowboat, upon which I spent two and a half years living on the inland waterways of England. I am using the boat form as a metaphor for body, and the idea of water as a metaphor for the sexual ebb and flow that carries us through the landscape of our lives.
Encaustic painting ties into this well, as boats were once sealed with beeswax and encaustic paints were used decoratively on the hulls. Encaustic painting is historically associated with flesh, given the qualities of the wax, and it’s traditional use in portraiture.
© Annie Chrietzberg