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Mixed-media artist Roxane Mayeur layers symbolic imagery with abstracted patterns from nature and the urban environment. She gravitates toward traditionally undesirable objects such as rust, weeds, peeling paint, broken windows, and abandoned buildings. Her work explores the aesthetics of decomposition and dormancy, elevating the common and overlooked to the sacred.
Roxane works in the wax-based media of encaustic; consisting of layers of molten beeswax and tree resin, as well as cold wax medium. The layered wax surfaces can be highly textured and opaque or transparent and luminous. Roxane adds both vibrant colors and muted earth tones by embedding mixed media such as oil paint, dry pigments, marble dust, graphite, ink, and digital photography into the wax layers. Each piece employs an element of chance, making it unique and visually dynamic.
Note: Below you will find instructions on how to care for your encaustic art piece.
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