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The Waukesha State Bank Art Gallery Presents: Terri Lockwood

I am a mixed media painter and photographer with more recent emphasis on encaustic painting and encaustic photography. Intensely passionate about nature, it is often my primary subject matter.

My love for the medium of encaustic technique began as a beekeeper. I was searching for a way to honor the beautiful wax that is rendered when harvesting the honey. I came upon this ancient art form and fell hopelessly in love.

There is so much opportunity for depth and dimension; there are endless doorways that open to luminous, ethereal places seemingly magical.  There are continual prospects for technical diversity: waxing, scraping, carving, stamping, incising, embedding, fusing and layering. In addition, I find an intense cohesion when implementing encaustic with my mixed media and oil works.

It’s somewhat mesmerizing to see a piece of work go from a viscous to a solid state, almost as if the wax is a living organism and you are giving it mobility, enabling it to experience a progression. At these junctures in the process, I often question who or what is theoretically in charge, feeling frequently like it isn’t me……I have merely become a conduit, a channel for the wax to communicate something that is beyond my comprehension.

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