I am a mixed media artist and have been making art and installations in Lawrence, Kansas since 1971. I've exhibited in the US and Canada in juried, group and one-person shows. As a mixed media artist, I employ a variety of media and techniques: Assemblage, Encaustic, Printmaking, Collage, Eco-printing and Dying, Photography and Instllations.
Assemblage is a type of art that is written in by bones. I find and re-purpose objects to become symbolic and expressive elements in a composition. Found objects have a history and a patina that time and weather imprint on them.
The encaustic medium lends itself nicely to mixed media and assemblage. Encaustic is a beeswax mixture that is applied when melted as a paint or coating or adhesive.
I have tried various printmaking techniques but gravitate to monoprints or monotypes because of their immediacy. The artist draws or paints on a plexiglass plate with oil or water-based ink, then it is sent through a press with paper on top and voila! A collagraph is a monoprint but the printing plate is a sort of assemblage of low relief elements that are inked up and printed. Monoprints and Collagraphs can be printed in a series or edition, but they are all different and unique.
Photography is another technique I use. I typically combine images in Photoshop so they are layered in order to create depth of meaning and content. I also use my photos with encaustic, sometimes layering images printed on tissue, which are transluscent, over a background. Some of my photographs are straight forward scenes of beauty or interest.
I hope you enjoy browsing through the different images and techniques. Please feel free to email me with any questions. I can be found on Pinterest as Margaret Rose and on Instagram as roseisaroseisarose.