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Canyon Walls: OBC M+ Triptych

Mixed-Media Wall Hanging

Created by Kara Young
These pieces are made of 90% abaca fiber handmade paper. When the pieces are dry, they are painted with gesso on all sides to seal the paper. Fired and patined copper is adhered to the paper and a cement mixture is spread on the bottom two-thirds of the piece below the metal to form the cracked surface. After the cement dries, it is carefully sanded and the top quarter of the cement is stained with a thin wash of black paint. Encaustic is worked over the cement to create a deep rich cracked surface.

The top third is troweled and textured with joint compound, then sanded and sponge painted three times with a variety of rust and golden colors.

The use of handmade paper for the canvas of the piece gives an organic feel to the piece, and the added benefit is that the work is very light for hanging.This set of work weighs about 10 lbs. in total.

The pieces are wired to be hung without a frame. Each piece is unique and will vary slightly

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