Artist Lori Salzman

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My adventures in hot wax began in 2016. I was looking for a new creative venture, took a 1-day encaustic* workshop, and have been sliding down the rabbit hole ever since. My studio has become my happy place. It's a room with a large box of crayons and permission to draw on the walls, only better because I get to play with fire too...and shellac and paper and spices and graphite and oil sticks and pastels and, oh, so much more! It's as much a laboratory as it is a studio since I am forever experimenting with new elements and techniques.
My desire to paint is driven by an interest in color, depth, and texture more than subject. Hot wax, in particular, fascinates me because of its luminosity, its depth, and its adhesive nature so one can seamlessly include a variety of media within a work. Often my palate is inspired by images of art or nature. Other times I'm inspired by an object, ingredient, or piece of text I'd like to incorporate into a work. Encaustic and painting, in general, are still quite new to me so I learn and evolve with every piece I create.

*Encaustic comes from the Greek word enkaustikos meaning “to burn in”. Encaustic paint is a combination of beeswax, resin and pigment. The wax is applied like paint while in a molten state and fused to each preceding layer.
"As my artist's statement explains, my work is utterly incomprehensible and is therefore full of deep significance." - Calvin & Hobbes cartoon (Bill Watterson, July 15, 1995)

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