It has been almost a week from the closing reception of the Senior Thesis Exhibition at Rutgers, so I wanted to recap my experience and process of my artwork with you all!
I took a huge risk with my creative process for Thesis. Although I am a Photography Concentration at Rutgers, I do not see myself as just a photographer. I am an artist who has many layers, passions, and pursuits! I wanted to embark on a creative journey that not only challenged me, but also would show my many different skill sets I have gathered throughout my college journey. I was inspired to dabble into Photo Encaustic's after I interned for the amazingly talented Philadelphia based photographer, Leah MacDonald, in the summer of 2015. I was in awe of her beautiful works, and the simplistic subtle beauty bees wax could add to a photograph. I didn't get to learn from Leah her process, but luckily was taught Encaustic's in a workshop given by a fellow Rutgers University Alumni, Kelly Budesa.
The fire had been lit. I knew this lengthy artistic process was exactly what I wanted to dive into for my work to showcase myself as an artist and as a graduating senior. I had begun a project previously, The Lace Series, that showcased the beauty of woman and their features with a cast lace shadow emphasizing their unique features. I wanted to further this series, but eliminate the distractions. I envisioned the beauty of women's bodies in the nude, with harsh contrast of light and dark reflecting upon the curves of their bodies. Focusing on the lines, curves, arches, etc. Allowing your eye to wander the body and emerge into the beauty of the delicate lace patterns. The distinct contrast of light and shadow softened by the smooth textures of the bees wax upon it. Showcasing the beauty of the body, the beauty of art, and the beauty of intimate moments. That was when I created my continued Lace Series, Into the Dark.