Canyon Walls OBO 2 Panels Horizontal
Mixed-Media Wall Hanging
Created by Kara Young
These pieces are made of 90 percent 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 2/3 of the piece, below the metal to form the cracked surface. After the cement dries it is carefully sanded and the outside 1/4 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 outside 1/3 is troweled and texture with joint compound, 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 very light for hanging. This set of work weights about 10 lbs in total. The pieces are wired and hung without a frame.