Kevin Piepel

Artist Statement

I’m interested in expressing the feelings and emotions associated with change.

I reference both personal experience and the reflections of those with whom I am intimate.  I define my intention through meditation, conversation, and journaling.  Meditation has provided me the ability to silence my internal dialogue, and/or mindfully observe my thoughts.  This skill allows me the clarity necessary to see the impact of my mark making.  If something is in need of alteration, I sense it in varying shades of discontent.  I allow my feelings to guide my hand as I silence that which visually offends.  When I achieve a harmony in keeping with my intention, my mind is able to rest.  At this point, as if for the first time, I see my work clearly with my rational mind.  The complexity and power of silent decision making never fails to amaze.

In making my encaustic paintings, I apply molten beeswax paint to 1 1/4 inch thick wooden panels.  I allow the paint to drip off the edges resulting in an organic undulating edge revealing the evolution of each painting in strata of colors.  I work with 5 types of blow torches.  Each torch is tipped with a unique quality of flame.  I use my torches as an oil painter uses brushes.  My torches allow me to persuade paint to move and take form or blend together like cream swirling in black coffee until the wax cools capturing that moment in time.  I use wood working, pottery and etching tools to sculpt and draw into my wax surfaces which are up to 1/4 inch thick.  These are the most basic and vital of the techniques I employ.  The remainder of my techniques are of my own creation and I take great pleasure in their development and refinement.


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