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Sher Fick

Having worked with encaustic for 10 years, I am constantly reminded of the multi-layered lives we lead, as the media reinforces all of the meaning of my subject matter: authenticity, translucency, polarity, cadence, and, most importantly, integrity. I work from a place of intellectual research and then move towards a chosen color palette. I know a piece is complete when I reach a sense of ‘quiet’ within the process. When the work is going well, I feel a sense of cadence and rhythm. I would like the viewer to be drawn in by the beauty of the work as it stands on its own, but then look for deeper meaning, if they so desire. My work delves into socio-political concerns moving outward from the personal to the wider communities of gender, tribe, country, and, finally, universal. By looking at an issue as an individual who is part of these larger communities, I create a multi-perspective. Most of the preparation work is intellectual and involves deep research, but once I approach the making of the artwork, it becomes spontaneous and flows in bursts of creativity – normally taking the shape of very distinct series. My goal is not to proselytize regarding any subject, but to reveal dynamic dialogue which queries the viewer – so they can actively consider the issues and make up their own minds about the topic. Recently, I was intrigued by an image of a Hiroshima survivor whose skin had been scarred black from the dark designs of the kimono she was wearing at the time of the

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