Thursday, October 8, 2015

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Artist Statement

Through his work, Kevin Piepel expresses the complexities of life altering change. Piepel 
draws inspiration from personal experiences and the related experiences of others.
Piepel’s meditation practice has heightened his ability to physically sense his emotional
reactions to visual stimuli. His finely tuned self-awareness allows Piepel to feel the
impact of his mark making. If something is in need of alteration, Piepel feels it invarying
levels of discontentment. Piepel allows his feelings to guide his hand as he silences that
which visually offends. When he has achieved a harmony in keeping with his intentions,
Piepel’s mind is able to rest and reflect. It is now that he is able to view his work as if
for the first time. Piepel continues to be amazed by the power of silent decision making.

To make his encaustic paintings, Piepel applies molten beeswax based encaustic paint
to 1 1/4” inch thick wooden panels. He allows the paint to drip off the edges which
results in an organic undulating edge. While the surface layers of colors may be
distinctly separate, the sides of his paintings reveal the evolution of each painting in
layers of color. Piepel works with 5 types of blow torches. Each torch is tipped with a
unique quality of flame. Piepel’s torches allow him to persuade paint to move and take
form, or blend like cream swirling in black coffee, until the wax cools capturing that
moment in time. While the art of encaustic painting offers a multitude of techniques,
Piepel has chosen to deny these in favor of the simple elegance of wax touched by flame.