I've often wondered what the soul might look like, not as a religious avatar, but simply as a bit of life force unavailable to our human eyes, existing in a cosmos outside the normal realm of space and time. After several years of sketching, I developed these flexible organic shapes as my visual concept of the soul.
Based loosely on a range of organic elements found in nature, these soul-shapes traverse the universe outside the space/time grid. They play. They fly. They converse and rest. They glide over the space-time continuum. I find painting these images inspiring. I hope you enjoy watching these souls at play as Encaustic Monotypes on Washi Paper.
Encaustic Monotypes differ from traditional Monoprints. Encaustic Monotypes are hot wax encaustic images painted onto a heated metal plate and then transferred onto paper. There is only one print – no engraved plate is made, so these prints are always one of a kind: never repeated.
Monoprints are single prints from engraved plates and could be repeated.
My monotypes are on Japanese Washi paper. I create an image with beeswax, damar (tree resin) and pigment on a heated plate. Each print may have multiple layers – created by painting multiple unique images and printing/overprinting on the paper until the desired image is achieved.