Artist of the Day / Molly Gruett / Rhinelander, Wisconsin

Her actual paintings are much more ‘alive’ than these photos can show.

“I was introduced to encaustic painting and I was hooked. I love combining different media with the wax and manipulating each piece with either heat or chemicals to create my desired effect.”

In addition to traditional encaustic painting, Gruett creates pieces by combining digital photography and acrylic, oil and bees wax.

“I love to experiment with bees wax and various media to create abstract, multi-layered and multi-textured pieces.”


About destructivetesting

I'm a self-taught artist who prefers to use found objects in ways that were never intended. I'm not interested in making 10 or 100 of the same object. This, of course, takes more time to make each piece. I also prefer a more minimalist look, where each part of a piece can be appreciated. I consider my clocks to be small sculptures with moving parts. And, my lamps to be small sculptures with light. My mirrors are reflective sculptures. DESTRUCTIVE TESTING means to push something to it's limits to understand it's structural performance or material behavior under different stresses. I interpret this in my artwork as using materials in different ways or combinations than they were designed to be used. I also just like the slightly ominous sound of the term...
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2 Responses to Artist of the Day / Molly Gruett / Rhinelander, Wisconsin

  1. mobius faith says:

    Another terrific find Mike. This artist has some amazing abstracts. I’ve always been amazed at what people can do with the encaustic process.

  2. yeltnuh says:

    Wonderful choice: thank you.

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