The fragility of life has long been a recurring theme in my work; exploring how we grow, develop and cease to exist in our current forms and what evidence remains of our existence when we are gone.
Influenced by my childhood in Hawai’i, my paintings incorporate abstractions of nature and how they alter the world around us with the passage of time. Images of the bits you might flick off your coast or crunch beneath your shoes symbolize the humanity both transforming and being transformed by natural processes. Searching for pockets of meaning in the chaos, I freeze these moments where the past, present and future are suspended as if between sleep and waking – that fleeting instant where anything is possible.
My work pairs modern materials with the ancient technique of encaustic painting, where beeswax, resin and pigment are layered to produce a luminous surface of that captures and reflects light. The translucency of the wax creates layers of information, like the sediment of time, while stirring the senses of sight, smell, and touch.
Linda Womack is a nationally recognized artist, art instructor and the author of Embracing Encaustic: Learning to Paint with Beeswax. In 2010 she was the curator for Luminous Layers: Exploring Contemporary Encaustic, a wide ranging exhibit in Oregon featuring 65 artists and more than 160 pieces of art. Linda is often a featured speaker and instructor at the National Encaustic Conference and her work has been published in American Art Collector and Encaustic with a Textile Sensibility.