Oil and mixed media on Arches paper, 25.4x17.8 cm, framed with green/blue matte and black frame, 35.5x43.2 cm
Michele Lee Lambert
Finding dignity in structures that have already passed their "due date” brings me joy. Through my art, I explore the stories that lie behind their state of decay, and celebrate the lingering aesthetics. It is for this reason that I am drawn to the soiled and the rusted, far more than I am to that which is unmarked, unproven, and untouched.
Whether through the lens of a camera, the tactile medium of encaustic (beeswax, damar resin, and pigment),or oil paint and cold wax, I am also drawn to texture. I frequently fuse vintage photographs and encaustic (an ancient art form) to tell the stories of our ancestors, and show a particular beauty that is won only by the passage of time.
Awards have included Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission Visual Arts Competition (JCDC) in the media of painting and photography, and third place jury prize in 2017. I have exhibited at the National Gallery of Jamaica, Olympia Gallery and Grosvenor Galleries, where in 2017 I had a solo art show, " A- Three-Thousand-Year Journey: Encaustic Art to Digital Photography".