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The Point of Exploration

    The Point of Exploration

    The Point of Exploration – reclaimed and recycled materials, – 23″ x 23″

    This piece is made almost entirely of recycled and reclaimed materials.  The papers on the surface are pictures from old magazines, modified with Citrasolv, a citrus cleaner that dissolves the ink.  The tiles are cut from old wood-laminate flooring, salvaged from a remodel project in my neighborhood.  Papers are adhered to the tiles, and the surface coated, with encaustic wax made from the leftover stubs of church candles.  The backing is an old cabinet door, and the sides of the frame are made from scrap lumber, stained with vinegar and steel wool, and sealed with beeswax and olive oil.

    Here is a detail, so you can see the wonderful texture that develops in these papers:

    The Point of Exploration - detail

    The Point of Exploration – detail

    The pictures I used were all from old National Geographic magazines, so my original idea for a title was just to call it Exploration, and then I decided on the arrangement of the tiles, which is a weaving pattern called point twill, so it became the Point of Exploration.

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