Crystal Marie (neubauer) seeks to create a dialogue around the issues of self-worth, identity, and the perception of human value through the use of salvaged materials and the everyday detritus normally viewed as trash. She sees these items as a metaphor for our lives and seeks to bring them together in a way that opens the viewer to a deeper experience of an overarching theme of personal redemption – where every part of who you are is embraced and nurtured as important to the whole. Whether rendered in a 3-dimensional assemblage fashion, or a 2D picture plane, her fascination begins with found papers. She calls her process intuitive, but it all boils down to learning to trust and open herself to the voice inside; the one that can guide creative decisions and bring about a much richer work of art.
Crystal was the 2018 recipient of the RAM Artist Fellowship. Crystal has gallery representation in several U.S. locations, has authored a book on the art of collage (North Light Books), and teaches workshops nationwide.
PICK UP YOUR SHIELD: Encaustic Techniques
Both project oriented, and technique driven, this class will help the student draw from their own life and artistic experiences, while exploring the mediums of encaustic wax, collage, and assemblage to create unique surfaces in their art, utilizing personal textiles and found materials.
A shield is a utilitarian object originally intended for protection. A place to hide oneself in the face of danger. When a warrior went off to battle, a shield was an important part of the armor. Literally intended to ward off blows from the enemy. Shields could be round, square, rectangular, oblong, tapered, or straight. They could be very heavy or thin and lightweight, large enough to cover the entire body, or small enough to deflect a knife in hand to hand combat.
A shield was also a symbol of strength. Warriors had a special relationship with their shield, oftentimes adorning it with symbols representing their status or clan. Unique combinations of colors, patterns, shapes, and animals had specific meanings, codes to be read and heeded. In some cultures, shields were elaborately adorned for use in ritual dances and parades, identifying the strengths and achievements of the shield bearer, and making the connection between the dream/spirit world and the physical. Shield as protection, shield as identification, shield as adornment, shield as spirit.
In this workshop, we will have the opportunity to design a symbolic representation of self. A physical object adorned with meaning to what empowers us to be our best, fullest, highest selves.
Techniques will include:
- very light assemblage – attaching objects with nails, wire, or screws, as focal point and/or adorning the edges of the shield with personal mementos.
- Encaustic wax application and design – from basic application to incising, surface sculpting and design, adding color, and embedding collage elements and objects.
- Stencil making and/or masking – demos will include designing and cutting the stencils, using stencils on the surface of the panel before wax is added, and incorporating the stencil design into the wax surface, both with pigmented wax and pigmented color sticks.
- Collage techniques for incorporating personal collected papers as an under-layer and embedding them into the wax as layers are developed.
- Surface design using image tranfers and surface marks.
What you will learn in this workshop
Encaustic wax application and design – from basic application to incising, surface sculpting and design, adding color, and embedding collage elements and objects.
Collage techniques for incorporating personal collected papers as an under-layer and embedding them into the wax as layers are developed.
Very light assemblage – attaching objects with nails, wire, or screws, as focal point and/or adorning the edges of the shield with personal mementos.