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Amy Melchior "Elemental"

Preview: Tuesday 22nd March    Exhibition Dates: 23 Mar - 9 April 2016 Amy Melchior’s new exhibition continues her exploration of encaustic (Beeswax) ...

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Preview: Tuesday 22nd March    Exhibition Dates: 23 Mar – 9 April 2016

Amy Melchior’s new exhibition continues her exploration of encaustic (Beeswax) where the artist develops the surface tension further in each new work.  Intricate patterns are etched into gold and silver pigmented works which reveal the attention to applied detailing and marbleized shapes.Melchior explains…”These works are explorations of the surface – in the literal sense by the elements that make up the physical structure of the paintings.

Historically, looking at what has happened to the surface of the earth in the creation of a civilized world and the search for precious elements ie. metals and other minerals.   I am also exploring the physical elements of the paintings, Beeswax in particular– which is stable, protective and a preservative but is also fluid in the painting process. Damar resin is melted in to the wax acting as a hardening agent. Fused on to the surface are Iron powders, pure pigment and metallic pigment powders incorporating brass, copper, zinc and bronze. These minerals provide the silver and golden lustre. The metallic powders trapped on the surface of the wax are also exposed to the elements allowing the iron powder to transform into delicate rust and the metallic powders to shimmer”.

The artist contends there are five phases to this exhibition that journey through civilized history.

1.   “Paradise Found” and “Blooms of Antiquity”- the golden time of civilisation, the beginning of the cultivation of the land.

2.   “Searching for a Heart of Gold” and “Silver Lining” – the exploration of the earth in the search for precious metals and minerals.

3.   “A land of Plenty” and “The Righteous Path is Straight as an Arrow” – the excavation and the impressions left on the land.

4.   “Boom Time Blooms” and Anatolia Blooms”- the flourish that occurs in society with new found wealth. 

5.   “Sands of Time Transform” and “Tides of Change” – the rusting and repairing that happening now.

Amy also states, “these are abstract applied art works and as such could be hung or fixed to a wall any which way to the purchasers satisfaction”.

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