Handmaidens

Done between 2008 and 2011, these works began by combining images of hand gestures, built up in encaustic paint, with cursive scribbles in pen or pencil on mulberry paper. The drawing on paper is saturated with layers of wax and embedded in the painting. Over time the artworks got larger and began to imply whole figures, and a friend referred to them as "handmaidens", which I liked. For me these works convey a sense of the world, both inner and outer, of falling apart and regenerating, and the furtiveness and subjectivity of thought and emotion. They try to express a balance between entropy, repose, fragility and resilience.