Untitled 030518, 2018.
Nancy Crandall Phillips
Encaustic, acrylic, gold leaf, Japanese tissue, natural fibers, SWA..

As in archaeology, the notion that the history of an object can be read upon careful inspection of its surface has always been an underlying theme in my work.

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My work has always been about the interaction of process and materials over time. Part painting, part assemblage, layers of translucent tissue, paint, foil and fabric, encaustic and pigmented cold wax are woven together on a plaster-like surface, leaving hints of the process of its creation. It’s both translucent and fluid, like moving water that both obscures and reveals what lies underneath. As in archaeology, the notion that the history of an object can be read upon careful inspection of its surface has always been an underlying theme in my work.

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