– by Wendy Morley –
While Jo Pedersen also uses oils, acrylics and other media, she has taken to working with encaustic wax. She says wax is tactile and sensual, and the resultant piece appears three-dimensional. It dries quickly and requires great technical control, but Jo finds it personally freeing to work quickly, engaged on an emotional level, transforming ideas into shapes and colors without losing the initial energy of the idea. “There is a constant exploration of balance: light and dark, emotions and the challenges of human existence,” she says.
Encaustic wax is an ancient art medium that has been rediscovered in the past century by artists such as Diego Rivera. The artist will start with beeswax, mixing in damar resin or other preferred substance, and then pigments. The art is created in layers, the artist using a blowtorch or heat gun to fuse each layer with the previous one.
Jo began her professional artistic life in England, and moved to New Zealand in 2014. She is currently showing at the Flagstaff Gallery, Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand, and the Macandmor Gallery, Tauranga, New Zealand. See more of her work at www.jopedersen.co.nz
All images copyright © Jo Pederson