Patricia Otto

“Heads: Encaustic Portraits,” sculptural paintings

Otto’s encaustic paintings move into sculptural forms when applied to found pieces of driftwood. Depicting portraits of people she knows, using melted beeswax with oil painted glazes, the artist creates a deep, luxurious space and texture on wood that she alters to augment the image. Otto’s interest is in combing 2-dimensional illusion onto 3-dimensional objects in a way that may both heighten and disrupt one’s perceptions.