Flora Calabrese

encaustic mixed media
9 x 12 in.

I collect 19th century botanical prints, celestial maps and iconic holy cards. I love to create art using these antique images. Through their interplay, I strive to evoke the timeless presence of the Great Mother archetype, symbolized by the divine feminine in her many cultural forms. All the beautiful icons that I use in my artwork have rich and deep ancient history. For me, these art pieces are spiritual portals to remind us of our sacredness and that of our planet. I explore relationships between; science & spirituality, women & nature and the feminine & healing.

I work in the medium of encaustics. For my collages, I use the technique of combining damar resin beeswax with paper which gives the pieces a translucent quality, where the prints seem to illuminate from within. Each piece is hand-framed in beautiful patina copper.

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