Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Unique Beeswax / Encaustic Sculptures by Jaime Lyerly

3-D encaustic sculptures, detail view, © 2009 Jaime Lyerly

As I move on to new projects, I feel the need to show off some of my most recent work in May. I have been waiting to post this for a while, until I had a good way to tell the story. Here is the abbreviated version of how these sculptures came to be. Enjoy!

Encaustic/Beeswax and Mixed Media Sculptures by Jaime Lyerly, May 2009

Installation - set of five, set of three

Encaustic/Beeswax, yarn, wire and spotlight

The concept behind these sculptures were to free encaustic from its role of surface design only. Usually, encaustic is applied to a rigid and porous surface which makes the wax unnecessary. I wanted these to need the beeswax to exist.

3-D encaustic sculptures, detail view, © 2009 Jaime Lyerly

Process: In these sculptures, I built an open wire frame and wrapped very soft yarn around the wire intuitively. Then I dipped them repeatably in a large pan full of hot white and yellow beeswax. I hung them to dry and added more and more wax.

The sculptures started off as a set of three and moved to five. The pieces hang from the same yarn from which they are made. The wire and yarn need the wax now to exist, for without the wax they could not be the same.

3-D encaustic sculptures, installation view, © 2009 Jaime Lyerly

The spot light that is cast from the ceiling creates pockets of shadow inside each piece and illuminates it. It casts shadows on the ground, which dance as the pieces move and spin. The light also heats the pieces which makes the beeswax smell stronger and threatens to destroy the piece.

3-D encaustic sculptures, cast shadows view, © 2009 Jaime Lyerly

3-D encaustic sculptures, detail view, © 2009 Jaime Lyerly

These sculptures are so much fun to make that I want to make a hundred of them to fill a gallery. I have been thinking and planning for encaustic sculptures that destroy themselves and ones which are created from the melted wreckage.

Until then, Happy Art Making! ~ Jaime Lyerly


  1. these are raw and ephemeral.
    your concept is intriguing.
    thanks for the follow on twitter, by the way. i'm now following your updates also.

  2. Thanks Stephanie. I appreciate your comments.



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