Forest, 18x18" framed encaustic panel.
Forest is part of Country / No Country series exploring rural and urban, travel and home, man and wilderness, and the places where they all fold together.
Encaustic is painting with molten beeswax, mixed with damar resin and pigments. The process translates literally as “to burn or melt.” Encaustic is Ms. Sajecki’s favored medium. “Encaustic is my home. It's almost like a living thing- its warmth, its body, its behaviors- and painting with it engages all the senses in ways that other mediums don't. Encaustic is so tactile, so physical, and so malleable.”
Growing up in Connecticut, walking in the woods was something I did nearly every day. This painting started out as a memory of that, especially the way the woods look after a rain- with the trunks so dark and the leaves so bright. I superimposed a photocopy transfer of woods in Georgia on top of it, as the series progressed and became more about layers of memory and experience. The painted stick in the foreground is the interference of humans, an entry point for a human viewer to feel welcome in the landscape.