A R T I S T S T A T E M E N T
Roxane Mayeur is a mixed media artist working in painting, printmaking and collage. She resides in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and is an active member of the visual arts community. For the past three years she has worked almost exclusively with encaustic and cold wax medium.
Her work focuses on the quiet spaces created by the passage of time. Images elevate the common into sacred, revealing the aesthetics of the broken and imperfect, discarded and devalued, while celebrating the process of reclamation and recovery.
The images are created with encaustic wax as a medium. Intensely process driven, multiple layers of beeswax, tree resin and pigments are fused using a torch or other heat source, producing a translucence and ethereal quality unlike any other medium. She sometimes embeds materials into the wax, such as rust, metal, stone, graphite, collage and original digital photography. Other times, she will apply cold wax medium, bridging encaustic and traditional oil painting.
Note: Below you will find instructions on how to care for your encaustic art piece.
Bees wax and damar resin
Wax is melted and applied in layers
Each layer is fused
How to care for your encaustic artwork:
Encaustic paintings are made with beeswax, damar resin (a natural tree sap that acts as a hardening agent), and oil paint.
Treat an encaustic painting as you would any fine art. Use care hanging, transporting or storing a painting.
Note: If your painting contains cold wax medium (cold wax is more matt or flat in appearance) the care process is the same. A soft lint-free cloth will remove dust and offer a light sheen.
Hang and store at normal room temperatures. Avoid freezing and extremely hot temperatures; wax will melt at 150°F / 65°C.
Keep all artwork out of direct sunlight.
When packing encaustic art for transportation, cover the face of the painting with wax paper. Do not use bubble wrap directly on the front of the painting as it may leave an imprint on the surface. For shipping, build a box the right size for the painting.
Encaustic does not need to be protected by glass. A floater frame is an attractive option that also protects the edges of the painting from scratches, dents and chips.
During the first 6-12 months, as the wax cures, an encaustic painting may develop bloom. Bloom is a naturally occurring hazy white residue. It may also occur if a painting is exposed to cold. Bloom can easily be removed by buffing the surface of the painting.
Encaustic paintings can be buffed to a high gloss using a soft, lint-free cloth or pantyhose. If the original sheen has become dull over time, it can be brought back by repeating the buffing process.
Once an encaustic painting has fully cured and hardened, it will shed dust and dirt more readily.
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Information adapted from allthingsencaustic.com