|Sugar Bowl, by Adele Shaw|
via Inclusions Gallery
I met Adele Shaw at a museum I visited in San Francisco years ago. I remember thinking how amazing it was to talk to an artist about her work and how important it was to not say anything stupid. I remember her smiling.
At the time, she was working on a project called "oology." Luckily I've saved my postcard, because I can't find images online anywhere. I thought it was beautiful work; I still love how embodied and playful it is, and how delicate it is, too.
|Scanned postcard from Adele Shaw's "oology" exhibit|
Now it seems she works mainly on canvas, but still with beeswax. In her own words:
"My painting is a influenced by the power of nature and inspired by the chaos of people’s chronic search for order, space, and story.
I paint first with water colors, then with encaustic paint, layers of hot beeswax, pigment and resin. I coerce it onto paintings as a hot, drippy, excitable mess. . . .
Encaustic painting is an alchemical process of extreme versatility. It is both additive and subtractive. It can be painted, sculpted, or moulded. Between the layers the process is quite unpredictable."