View the stunning, inspirational work of Shima Shanti. Shima creates Encaustic Art - the ancient art of painting with beeswax. To Shima, encaustic is her meditation, an open-eye prayer where in the spirit of play her prayer beads are replaced with beeswax and pigment, hake brushes, heat guns and hot plates. May this same Spirt guide you in the radiant and … Read More
Encaustic —“to burn in”— is the 5,000-year-old ancient art of painting with beeswax then fusing with heat. Shima Shanti’s encaustic works combine photography, collage, and assemblage. This labor-intensive technique begins with Shima’s interpretation of subtle imagery. Then layers of beeswax, demar resin (a tree sap from Indonesia), and pigments are painted with carefree brush strokes. Lastly, the surface is scraped, textured, and polished to a high gloss, revealing the ethereal, translucent, and misty qualities unique to beeswax and Shima’s work. The effects are contemporary, evocative, and timeless.