E*graphics in the fresh air

My name is Elizabeth King and while I love to experiment with all kinds of art materials, my favorite process is the one I invented that you see on this site: encaustigraphics, or e*graphics for short.

For most of my artistic life, I created works in two-dimensional (2-D) mediums: drawings, prints, collages and graphic design (you can see more of my professional work at my other site ekingdesign.com). When I moved “out of the frame” into working in three dimensions, I began making what I termed suspensions— artworks named both for the way they hang, floating in space, and for “suspension of disbelief”—the act of faith that often seems necessary to both live and create. As my experiments evolved,  I found myself seeking rich color with translucency through materials and forms that allowed the transmission of light. This was how encaustigraphics was born: a marriage of paper, wax, color and light that offers the brilliance of stained glass with only a fraction of the weight of glass. The colors in this new material simply glow, and whether added to a window or hanging as luminous three dimensional sculpture, their beauty is magical to me.

I’ve taught the process to enthusiastic students, and you can visit my Teaching page to learn a bit more; for other questions, email me at <encaustigraphics at gmail.com> (convert the “at” to the typical @ sign). Thanks for visiting!