I met Kay Hartung at the Encaustic Conference and she kindly agreed to be featured on this site! She uses encaustic with shellac for that distinctive circular burn! Check out her artist’s statement. I love how she evokes science and art at the same time in her art, it’s a distinction that I’ve always been intrigued by, as my family is full of scientists and I was pre-med when i went to college. That didn’t really work out for me, as I was much more interested in pipettes and microscope slides as art objects than as instruments for learning, which should have given me a clue!
My current body of work is related to my fascination with the microscopic world. I have been looking at electron microscope photographs and am inspired by the abstract organic shapes and intense color of this hidden world. I imagine the energy and interactions that go on in the body and the mind to produce action and thought. I am exploring the connections between science and art ; conscious of the profound effects that these minute biological forms have on the universe.
I started this body of work in pastels and created many drawings. I have found continuing this series in encaustic, I am able to achieve the depth and atmosphere that I had been lacking in the drawings. Layering in fabric and the use of shellac with the encaustic has also added a web-like texture that suits the work well.