Mixed media artist Amy Melchior primarily works in ‘Encaustic’ - an ancient process of infusing pure pigments in beeswax.
Amy sources the beeswax from her uncle’s beehives and layers the wax like a cake, using heat to draw deeper pigments up to the surface. “In the moment when the surface is made liquid again I can bring images through from layers beneath, making them float towards me.” The finished result in her artwork is a luminescent surface, presenting a thick transparent material which engages the senses with sweet scents to accompany a visual feast.
Amy’s recent collections ‘Full Bloom’ find their inspiration in the longer and warmer days of spring. These works offer floral like shapes created through pigmented wax markings. The droplets caught in static dried wax seem to capture fields of flowers opening up in mid-bloom. This quality of aesthetic conveys Melchior’s fascination with nature and movement. Set onto circular boards, the thick glass-like artworks draw the viewer in with a crystal-ball like seduction. The surfaces of the works are glossy and immaculate, while the edgings of each piece offers a look into the artistic process. The layers of pigments ripple next to one another around the sides, ultimately uniting process and presentation together beautifully.
Amy Melchior is a self taught artist of multiple mediums including painting, printmaking, and lithography. Amy is currently based in Auckland and is the Creative Director and Chef at Ripe Deli.
Amy Melchior produces compelling work through infusing pure pigments in beeswax. These encaustic works offer a unique richness of colour combined with a sensuous smell that evokes the natural origins of the beeswax.