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the catalogue Recent Encaustic Works
by Brucie Jacobs.
Brucie Jacobs immerses her photographs—archival pigment ink prints on lightweight Japanese papers—in clear encaustic medium. The translucent quality of the wax surface lends an extra dimension to her photography. See Encaustic/Macro Vision, Encaustic/Facing East, and Encaustic/Skyscapes. Although these works on paper can be framed, she typically displays them frameless, attaching them to the wall like free-hanging scrolls.
Jacobs also paints on rigid, wood panels, their surfaces absorbent enough for molten beeswax to adhere. See Encaustic/Free Form. Her technique involves painting layer upon layer of pigmented wax. She fuses each layer with heat from a blow torch or heat gun. It is the heat and the fusing process that bond the layers of paint together permanently. In fact, the word encaustic was derived from the ancient Greek enkaustikos, which means “to heat” or “to burn.”
Jacobs has studied encaustic painting in Santa Fe, NM with several artists, including Ellen Koment. She has also studied encaustic technique at the Silvermine School of Art (New Canaan, CT), as well as at R&F Handmade Paints (Kingston, NY). See Links.
The Wit Gallery (Lenox MA) represents her artwork. She has also shown her work at Sanford Smith Fine Art (Great Barrington MA), Hanback Gallery (Millerton NY), Lauren Clark Fine Art (Housatonic, MA), Cose d’Argilla Fine Italian and Contemporary Art Gallery (Lenox, MA), as well as at a number of galleries in Rehoboth Beach, DE.
During September 2010, her art was included in the Paper Work exhibit at the Lichtenstein Art Center in Pittsfield, MA. She had an exhibition at Sanford Smith Fine Art during October – November 2010. Jacobs has participated in group art shows in Delaware, and her work was selected for the Annual Juried Rehoboth Art League Exhibition (Rehoboth Beach, DE, 2006). She is a member of New England Wax, a professional organization of painters in New England who work with encaustic as a medium.
Jacobs is not only a painter, but also a writer. For information about her publications, see Literary.
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Jacobs graduated from Cornell University with a B.A. in Asian Studies, and then received a law degree from Columbia University. She lives in western Massachusetts; her studio/gallery is located in Great Barrington, MA. For inquiries, see Contact.