Artwork Description: These pieces are made of 90 percent *abaca* fiber handmade paper. When the pieces are dry they are painted with *gesso* on all sides to seal the paper. Fired and *patined:patina* copper is adhered to the paper and a cement mixture is spread on the bottom 2/3 of the piece, below the metal to form the cracked surface. After the cement dries it is carefully sanded and the top 1/4 of the cement is stained with a thin wash of black paint. *Encaustic* is worked over the cement to create a deep rich cracked surface.
The top 1/3 is troweled and texture with joint compound, sanded and sponge painted 3 times with a variety of rust and golden colors.
The use of handmade paper for the canvas of the piece gives an organic feel to the piece and the added benefit is that the work very light for hanging.This set of work weights about 10 lbs in total.
The pieces are wired and hung without a frame.