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Collage: Photo, Wax, Paint on Wood.
Athena describes herself as a collector of second hand images – primarily ‘cabinet card’ portrait photography from the late 19th - early 20th C. "My imagination is continuously lured by the mystery of found photographs – 'instant relatives' discarded and forgotten in musty antique stores. It is as if these souls exist in an interesting sort of limbo – simultaneously trapped yet saved within the photograph. I find myself feeling compassion for them. By re-inventing the portrait, I aim to disjoint my subjects from an antiquated identity, allowing them to transcend the constraints of time and place."
For her encaustic works, Athena begins her process by mounting a collage of cut paper and photographs to wooden panel. A layer of encaustic medium is then applied to create surface texture, depth and dimension. "I see the beeswax as a shield for my subjects, a skin that preserves and protects—yet it is also vulnerable, malleable to my touch as I carve and etch into the surface."
Artist featured by Saatchi Art in a collection