#5 "Cypress Red” by Austin based artist Ann Swingler.
This piece is included in her VIGIL collection.
“This body of work emerged from decades of walking receptively, without agenda or expectation, foraging, gardening, and praying quietly.
The beauty, awe, and wonder I see in nature encompasses life and death as holy, including all withered and battered states in between. I hope this work will support, in some way, all who give back to the earth and appreciate its preciousness, and hold vigil for its healing.
These nine pieces incorporate mixed media collages and photographic encaustic work. My process begins by creating a small collage box from dried botanicals and layering them between glass. The boxes are photographed, enlarged, and then glued to wooden panels. The images are delicately embellished with color pencil and oil pastels before the final layer of encaustic wax.”