Mashrabiya (2019) 26.5 x 25 inches. Collage, wax, and silver paper on wood panels.

This encaustic collage was inspired by the mashrabiya lattice panels found in Islamic architecture. Primarily made of wooden dowels or plaster forms, these elaborate screens meant to obscure the domestic quarters of a household from the street. This diptych was created with black and silver papers encased in encaustic wax, using a sheet of die-cut x-ray film as a template.

Encaustic wax painting in 2 panels

I am a librarian and artist living in Eugene, Oregon — where it is often damp and always green.