Being the unsettled person I am, I have explored a variety of art forms during my life in addition to the pursuing degrees in art and psychology. My need to explore new frontiers from time to time is elucidated in my work as a production designer in films, fabric designer in the fashion industry, video art, visual poetry, wearable art, in addition to the multiple techniques I have experimented with to create my paintings. In the 90s, I worked extensively with wearable art, an experience that inspired my passion for batik and for one of the core materials I have been working with: wax. The versatility and cultural significance of wax has been a consistent thread running through my art.
Lately my passion for wax and bees was reawakened. I revisited old projects and resumed the work with wearable art. It turned out, though, that the challenge ended up creating a new dimension for my art explorations.Back when I was creating two of my series of sculptural encaustic reliefs - " The Pompeii Series" and " The Brides of Herculaneum", I purposely kept and stored for future projects all of the fragments of wax I didn't re-use during the create-destroy process of making these series.
Around one year ago I resumed working with these fragments and have transformed them into new art pieces, whereby the immobility of the sculptural reliefs on the wall is complemented by the movable embodiments of wearable art.
Finding their source of inspiration once more in the history of ancient Pompeii, Herculaneum and Akrotiri, the wearables are allowing me to make these two series evolve into what I consider an ongoing live art installation.The new collection of wearable art seeks to highlight the beauty and versatility of the materials I have worked with and, in particular, beeswax. As I mentioned above, my passion for beeswax started in the 90s, while working as fabric designer for the fashion industry. The ancient Javanese “batik” fascinated me so much that I started to incorporate beeswax into my large paintings.
Years later, while researching the concept of memory for my master degree thesis in visual arts, I came to learn the broad cultural significance of beeswax and its symbolic connections to the idea of memory. (“Wax is the surface in which memory is written”, said Socrates). The fact that wax was historically connected to cultural memory and its importance as a core material for one of the first techniques in painting – encaustic - inspired me to explore this medium intensely. Since then, the versatility of wax has never stopped surprising me, pushing the boundaries of my paintings towards the tridimensional.
The wearable art collections of beeswax-based jewelry are a synthesis of my previous artistic explorations. They convey the ideas I have been translating into my paintings and sculptural collages: art, for me, is a type of embodiment in which experience creates matter that creates experience. May this beeswax-based jewelry enhance those special moments of our daily lives, when we want to be at our best, feeling confident and making a bold statement.
I am excited to share the fruits of this work with you!