Eclipsis Lunar
Mixed media assemblage, encaustic painting in an antique box, wax pencil and chalk drawing of a ca. 1552 lunar eclipse diagram on an old school slate; antique copper compact, mica, branches, handmade paper with walnut ink and encaustic. 17.5”h X 25”w (open) X 10”d, 2011

I curated this blog exhibition to illustrate the contemporary use of encaustic paint in combination with collage, bricolage and assemblage. Early in the twentieth century,  these art forms emerged in Cubism, Surrealism and Dada. Collage is a technique that adheres unrelated materials to a single, supporting, surface to compose a work of art. Bricolage is a sculptural approach that constructs artwork with materials that are at hand.  Assemblage is the sculptural technique that combines into one form, disparate, found objects or parts of objects.
My curatorial guidelines for this informal exhibition directed my search for work that surpassed the physical attributes of materials and technique. While encaustic paint was the thread that connected the work in this collection, it was the transformative nature of  these  examples of collage, bricolage and assemblage that engaged me. The works presented here, in the context of wax, transcend the combined materials to articulate a singular expression.

I received many wonderful submissions for Wax in the Context of Collage, Bricolage and Assemblage. Maybe I will post a part two this summer. Enjoy.

Fell Among Thorns 
mixed media with encaustic on two joined panels
 24″ x 42″ , 2010

encaustic, ink, collage on paper
12  x12 

Kama – Physical Pleasure
Gel Transfer Image on Paper, Snaps, Encaustic
19 x 3 x 1.5 inches,  2010

Collage 1
encaustic medium on collage and panel.

13″ x 17″ 

encaustic, graphite, photo, ephemera collage
40″x40″, 2011

Breastplate #4
     encaustic, electronic parts, chopsticks, teabag paper, cotton swabs, 
coffee filters, paper
18″ x 18″, 2010

Der Kinder  (front)
encaustic on wood, with paper, photograph, string, hair
10″ x 11″ x 1/4″

Der Kinder  (back)
encaustic on wood, with paper, photograph, string, hair
10″ x 11″ x 1/4″

Unexpected Guests II
encaustic and sea sponge on panels. 
16″ x 8″ x 2″, 2009

la camicia a riposo    

 encaustic wax, oil, graphite, digital print on panel
 17″ X 11″ X 3″, 2007

The Green Heart Of Italy
encaustic, collaged papers, found papers

encaustic collage with photo transfers, antique book pages, leaves and tissue paper on panel
12×12″,  2008

Forest for the Trees
mixed media collage and engraved encaustic
24″ x 24″,  2011


  1. >Thanks for including my image, Marybeth! It's a great collection of work.

  2. >Thanks, Marybeth for including my work in this exhibit.

  3. >Glad to be included and looking forward to seeing most of you at the conference!

  4. >I love your choices and the scope of ideas this work represents.