For the past several years I’ve been continuing to work in wax, oil paint, and graphite on wood or gatorfoam panels. The encaustic material (wax heated to the melting point, with oil pigment added) enables me to create luscious textures, and the elliptical shapes that appear on the surface or embedded within it have long been inspired by microbes, cellular forms, viruses, and so on.
The more one looks around in the physical world, the more examples of circles, orbs, and ellipses can be found. I’ve been stricken by uncanny similarities between the view through a microscope and the images sent back from the Hubble telescope: galaxies and microbes share round-ish forms and are seen against curiously flat “backgrounds”. We struggle to sort out what is surface, and what is space. As in some of my work.