Reconstruction & the Red Headed Woodpecker

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Reconstruction & the Red Headed Woodpecker

1,440.00

Forest, 18x18" framed encaustic and photo transfer on panel.

This 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.”

Christine Sajecki

 

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This is our house on 33rd Street constructed out of photocopies of actual pieces of wood from the house. I haaaaaated rehabbing that house, haha. It was such a never ending, no fun, soul crushing burden that I had to make art about it. One day I was in the back glowering at a 6-foot tall pile of wood we removed from the house we saved to reuse. Of course we needed a piece from the bottom row. Ugh! Then a red headed woodpecker started making a racket nearby. He seemed like he was really trying to make a point about something. I looked them up and found out that they are can be assholes, like they'll kick other birds out of their nests and move in. So, since I felt like a asshole myself  for being so grumpy about the house, I put the woodpecker in a piece about the house trying to make the best of things. I started the painting in 2009, but recently attacked it new (now that I'm happier) and tried to make it more beautiful by adding the blue sky and clouds.