"Inspired by the oceans of my travels, my most recent pieces incorporate a technique I devised to channel natural movement in the wax surface. By setting the pieces on fire I can use the movement of wind and motion. Like the waves created on the surface of the ocean, my encaustic pieces are full of changing color, depth, movement and texture. My initial work was centered on found objects, things I unearthed in junk stores, photographs, memorabilia I rescued from second hand shops, collecting discarded plastics from the world’s beaches. My intent has always been an act of preservation. I started using beeswax in my collages as an organic alternative to chemical resins and adhesives. I have created my own blend of encaustic mediums mixing unfiltered natural beeswax, damar resin and pigments, which are then applied to wood surfaces, using recycled materials whenever possible. As the depth of the wax on my pieces grew I discovered that I was creating my own style of encaustic painting. The wax is a natural preservative which adds to my desire to preserve." Materials: Assemblage: Handmade papers using recycled papers and robe fibers with beeswax finish, inset: found plastic form Oahu beaches. 8.5 inches X 8.5 inches X 1.5 inches About the Artist: Michelle Kaskovich was educated at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Aberdeen University, Scotland. After receiving her B.A. in English Literature in 1995, she served for two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Russian Far East. A published poet, she then served as editor of a community newspaper in San Diego, California until the birth of her first child in 2002. A military spouse, Michelle has lived and exhibited her work in North Carolina, Hawaii, and Monterey, California. Michelle currently lives in Carlsbad with her husband and three children. She spends her days raising her children, volunteering at her children’s schools and squeezing in a little time for her own creations. Michelle's influences in the visual arts stem from an interest in modern art, religious icons, layout design, photography, assemblage art, poetry, travel and 20 years of living, loving and protecting oceans around the world.