Piece description from the artist
I live in Mexico and am surrounded by color, music, fireworks and church bells. It seems that fiestas are happening everyday and can go on until the wee hours of the morning. Smiles, dancing and laughter fill the halls and streets.
This painting expresses the joy I experience as an observer of these festivities.
I used many layers of oil paint mixed with cold wax. I pushed and pulled the paint on the board, letting it dry a bit over night and then adding more of the translucent colors. I finished by scraping in the paint layers to reveal some of the colors underneath. This gives the feeling of more movement and spontaneity.
I hope the viewer will feel the happiness I felt while creating this painting.
Ezshwan Winding has been a visual artist for 60 years. Her art education has been intense and varied. She has been living, working and teaching in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico for the last ten years.
Ezshwan strives to make art that touches people's hearts, either abstract or figurative, and that has spiritual meaning for her. Through her art, she hopes to connect with others with the beauty of harmony, color, form and energy. Quiet introspection often gives her a starting point on an image. Then comes the application of many layers of a mixture of molten beeswax, tree resin and colored pigments; each new layer is heat fused into the existing layer with a butane torch. At times she draws or paints on the layers and then scrapes and rebuilds the facade. Ezshwan says, "This action is much like analyzing a dream." Layer after layer is applied, scraped, incised, fused and marked to allow the truth of the piece to speak. The revealed layers whisper their subtle messages. Never having complete control of the encaustic process, she allows her subconscious to take over so that the work may transform beyond the mundane and predictable. Like jazz, there are improvisations that can take work to a deeper, more subconscious state that can be meditative and musical.
Ezshwan says, "The fluidity of encaustic is challenging, exhilarating and inspiring and exciting." this make a painting that can be looked into as well as looked at. The layered luminosity is appealingly tactile in the original work, allowing the viewer to stoke and caress the surface, discovering the sensual experience of encaustic.
Ezshwan has worked in almost every medium including oil,acrylic, sculpture, and printmaking, but has concentrated on painting in encaustic for the last 14 years.
Her worked has been exhibited in galleries and museums nationally and internationally and is in both private and corporate collections.
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