Thursday, October 8, 2015

Artist Statement

I'm interested in expressing the feelings and emotions associated with life-altering 
change. I define my intention through meditation, research, and journaling. Meditation 
has provided me with the ability to feel the impact of my mark making. If something 
is in need off alteration, I sense it in varying degrees of emotional discord. I allow 
my emotions to guide my hand and calm that which visually offends. When I achieve 
aesthetic harmony, my rational mind views my work as if for the first time. The 
complexity and power of meditative decision making is amazing.

In making my encaustic paintings, I apply molten beeswax-based paint to 1 1/4" 
thick wooden panels. I allow my paint to drip from the edges resulting in an organic 
undulating edge. The sides of my panels reveal the evolution of my paintings in a 
stratum of color. While the art of encaustic painting offers a multitude of fascinating 
techniques, I prefer the simple elegance of wax caressed by flame. I work with 
five types of blowtorches, each tipped with a unique quality of flame. My torches 
allow me to persuade paint to move and take shape or blend like cream swirling in 
black coffee until the cooling wax captures that moment in time. 

For questions and purchase inquiries, please contact kevinpiepelart@gmail.com