April's Featured Artist Laura Graveline
Laura Graveline is one of many artists who, in the 20th century have revived this technique for the modern age. (Jasper Johns is perhaps the most famous modern user of encaustic.) It is not surprising that Laura would be drawn to revive this ancient medium; as an undergraduate, she majored in Art History and minored in Studio Art. She then went on to work as a library assistant and pursued a master's degree in Library Science. Laura is now a VT-based professional artist and also works as the Visual Arts Librarian at Dartmouth College and as the Library Director for the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts. She is a member of the Encaustic Art Institute, where her work is part of the permanent collection.
Laura's work is full of energy and movement. She starts with a color she wants to explore or a feeling she wants to evoke. She lets the encaustic "speak", and as she works, applying multiple layers of color, the images reveal themselves, often to her happy surprise.
The alchemy-like nature of encaustic provides a spontaneous feeling in Laura's work, evoking a sense of transformation and capturing a moment of creativity in time.
Image: "Relational Practice" by Laura Graveline
Today, it has become somewhat easier to paint with encaustics due to the availability of portable electric heating implements, and tools such as heat lamps, torches, and heat guns that help keep the medium malleable for longer. However, it is a very specialized medium and can be challenging to master. We are so pleased that Laura will be holding two encaustic workshops at Artistree this summer - see more information on our website!
Image: "Spring Stumbles" by Laura Graveline