Vanessa Terrell

_Restless_ Vanessa Terrell

Restless
paraffin wax, beeswax,

black acrylic on polystyrene.
14.5" x 16" x 2.5"

When I work, I take a material and a process and make one of them unusual. I am motivated by discovery. Can I do this? Will this work? How can I use this? These are the questions I think of as I work. Whether the material or the application methods are impractical, I seek to make it work to the best of my ability. If things turn out well than I think of it as successful, but if not, then at least I have learned something.

 

In the context of this project, I was interested in the use of wax and how it can be used in reference to the body. With different experiments, I looked at how to make molds of my face and shoulders, then I took the resulting wax masks and placed them into a context relevant to current events in my life.

Whisper.jpg

Whisper

paraffin wax, beeswax, matboard.

12" x 16" x 2.25"

Whisper red face.jpg

Whisper
Red Face, detail.

Whisper detail top left hand.jpg

Whisper
top left hand, detail.

Whisper detail top right hand.jpg

Whisper
top right hand, detail.

Isolation

paraffin wax, beeswax, matboard.

11" x 12" x 2.5"

Broken Mask

paraffin wax, beeswax, matboard.

12" x 11" x 2.5"