Cold Wax Medium
Since the new year I have been experimenting with Cold Wax Medium and adding it to my oil paints to explore a new way of working. Cold Wax is an incredibly malleable medium that allows you to build up layers of texture, colour, atmosphere and depth in an instinctive and original way. I usually paint on canvas, but I have really embraced working on small scale boards which have allowed me to be more physical with the process I employ.
I’ve taken great pleasure in building up the paint and then scratching and scraping back into it to create rich and unique surfaces that have a strong sense of history contained within them. With this process I’ve tried to let go of any outcomes and instead be guided wholly by my intuition, until some essence of the work emerges. Ive also found the process to be greatly therapeutic and am looking forward to seeing how my experiments and understanding of this medium progress further.
This week I finished reading ‘Infinity Net’ which is the autobiography of the Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama. I first discovered Kusama’s work in 2012, when I saw the retrospective of her work at the Tate Modern. Having never heard of Kusama before, I was completely blown away at the diverse range of her work, which included painting, drawing, installation, film, performance, fashion and sculpture, and how it explored deep and dark subject matters including her obsessive visions that have haunted her throughout her life.
What strongly came across in the book, was how Kusama has completely dedicated her life to her practice and how she constantly challenges herself to work with new mediums and ideas, which has continued her to expand the reach and scope of her art.
‘No matter how I may suffer for my art, I will have no regrets. This is the way I have lived my life, and it is the way I will go on living – Yayoi Kusama.