Karen Tichy

paper and encaustic on panel
12 x 12 in. | $300

Exploring materials and techniques has been a driving interest throughout my art career. Though I began as a traditional artist applying paint to flat surfaces, I soon developed a unique process of weaving my own deconstructed paintings into textural dimensional constructions. Since discovering encaustic, I utilize the translucent and adhesive qualities of un-pigmented encaustic medium to layer paper lines or other shapes or materials to achieve a sense of depth and motion. My process rarely involves a preconceived message or concept.

I start with a point or line, a piece of paper, or a divot in the wax. That then informs my selection and manipulation of the next element. Piece by piece and layer by layer, an idea, a memory of sights and sounds or a feeling develops in my mind and a visual representation of it results. My thoughts and process can be influenced by the materials themselves—their color shape and size and my placement and manipulation of materials is reciprocally influenced by the developing concept.

© Karen Tichy