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Wax series 3: Jackson Pollock meets an insect

Mon. 06 Nov. 2017

A visitor to my News page might be forgiven for thinking the first image accompanying this item is a piece of mid-twentieth-century Abstract Expressionist art; Jackson Pollock in particular comes to mind, and my picture here is vaguely reminiscent of his Lucifer, or Sea Change, or Full Fathom Five – all from 1947 – or perhaps his Autumn Rhythm from 1950. At a stretch, Kandinsky might also be conjured from the colours and patterns of this image.

After such an evocative beginning, the second picture is an “explosion” of that initial abstract image, making it even more abstract. And then all is revealed: the first two pics were close-ups of the undergarment that was removed in preparation for my own artistic experiment in the medium of wax-on-skin (as opposed to Pollock’s paint-on-canvas; and, I have to confess to not knowing exactly how I produced the second, “exploded” image).

As I mentioned in the first of this wax-play series, I’ve captured here something of a work in progress, at least with the fourth and fifth pictures. These final two pics demonstrate the reverse of applying the darker colours after the lighter ones: in this case, because of the effect I wanted to create, I applied a coat of black wax first, and then produced an accurate pattern by very carefully applying the red wax. One of the effects is a finish that reminds one of an insect I believe might be known as a mobug – I’m not sure about this, but a mobug is supposed to be something similar to a ladybird. If anyone can shed light on this aspect of the insect world, you are welcome to contact me.

Now, as I’ve made clear, this article is part of a series on wax play; to jump to the first item in the series, go to: Wax series 1: A figurine worthy of Madame Tussauds. And to see all my articles on wax and wax play, a good place to start is the item about the candles I use, which come complete with advice on safe wax play: Candles for wax play that come with sound advice for safe use.

Returning to the art world, considering I likened the first image here to a Jackson Pollock painting, those interested in art and my comparison will find it rewarding to have a look at some Famous Jackson Pollock Paintings. Whilst on this topic, I might also direct you to a previous News item where one of my gallery photos was likened to a Caravaggio: One of my images has been likened to a Caravaggio. I do like art and, in fact, I visited the Tate Modern in London recently and have an interesting News item on that coming up.

This is the third and final item in my wax-play series; of course, there will undoubtedly be more similar items coming up in the future.

Mistress Geo