Technique: Using those materials with torch and heat guns to apply encaustic. I first burnt the base wood panels with wood glue to make texture. Also, I make marks with watercolors using encaustic as a resist as well. Applying text that has significant meanings of the series’ concept is one of my signature styles. The ink of text is archival, printed on translucent silk and collages, but most times, I transfer only the archival pigment ink itself onto wax, not just collage of the printed paper. Since I have a photography background, I care about archival quality for everything in art. I reflect and abstractly integrate the timeless messages in text (in this case, The Book of Isaiah 35:1, 2 and 48:21*) and contemporary computer programming languages (codes) that correlate with the stars, desert, universe, and our lives with a conceptual and philosophical approach. I layer memories, thoughts, dreams, paths, maps, realities, illusions, and disillusions.
The title “L.I.P.Y.” is my acronym of “L’essentiel est Invisible pour les Yeux” (=What is essential is invisible to the eye) in French. I was inspired by this phrase in the book The Little Prince (by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry) and the Bible verse, such as 2 Corinthians 4:16-18.
Although scientists and professionals continually research about nature, there is still something beyond human understanding. If you look closely at the art and life, the marks, signs, paths, and details may emerge. However, what is essential is sometimes invisible to the eye (L.I.P.Y.).
These works were also created by revisiting memories from places where I first saw the Milky Way with my naked eye and a desert after moving from the urban Tokyo and New York City. I am interested and enthused from vast nature to tiny details perhaps to molecule levels, from science and math to supernatural power.
“They did not thirst when He led them through the deserts He made the water flow out of the rock for them; He split the rock and the water gushed forth.” (Isaiah 48:21)*
More about “L.I.P.Y.” Series and the meaning of green, you can find at my blog [Behind the Scene]: https://misakooba.wordpress.com/2020/07/01/contemporary-abstract-encaustic-mixed-media/