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This Land is Your Land/This Land is My Land

Elaine Tolsma Harlow's avatar Elaine Tolsma Harlow

In these works, I am creating a visual history, using layers of wax to explore a balance between past and present. Encaustics (painting with hot wax) is the vehicle I use to accomplish that. The layers of wax are built up, one upon the other, then are scraped away, reducing them back down, finding harmony in the layers. This process of repeatedly laying down wax, fusing it with heat & scraping it down informs the final piece. In the seeming chaos, I look for order and structure & find beauty. The past comes forward and incorporates itself into the present, creating a depth of color & texture. The visual histories which are created form a landscape of experiences, that upon further exploration, bear witness to more then first glance. I look at online maps for inspiration, & the patterns of the world seen from above become my muse. Using this, I reflect on the recent immigration ban & its imposition on the basic tenants of the United States-written on the base of the Statue of Liberty.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 1 1/4
  • Medium: Encaustics on board
  • Width: 40 inches
  • Year created: 2017
  • Height: 12 inches