Obstacles are part of everyone’s life. They have a tendency, if not dealt with, to become so huge and overbearing that they transform into phobias, only to be avoided. This work is about overcoming personal obstacles. We all have areas in our lives that need work, but avoid taking a real good look at them. I use old family letters or text under the wax that reference the past or the inner doubts that we all carry around. These represent situations we need to learn from, accept and endure in order to grow as individuals.
The physical properties of the encaustic skins became metaphoric for expressing what needs to be looked at in a different way. Layers of wax are fused to each subsequent layer. They cover up the past. Released, removed, manipulated, flipped over, re-fused, all of these actions give me a sense of freedom, and the ability to step outside myself. This work continues to evolve as I find new ways to shed light on subjects that need to be confronted.
Stephanie Roberts-Camello 2016
Stephanie graduated with a BFA in Painting from Rhode Island School of Design in 1985. She was awarded a residency at The Vermont Studio Center in 2016 & 1997. Her painting “The Breakaway” won the Centerfold feature in the March/April 2016 issue of Artscope magazine. In 2013 she was awarded a scholarship to attend the International Encaustic Conference in Provincetown. Her work is featured in the 2015/2016 winter issue of The Surface Design Journal called “Memory, Spirit and Gender:Existential Themes in Fiber and Wax” written by Joanne Mattera. She has been represented by The Schoolhouse Gallery in Provincetown, Ma. Since 2005. Her and her husband run a honey business called Queen Bee Honey, where she harvests and cleans some of the beeswax that is in her paintings. Her work is in the collection of Meditech and Mitz Levin as well as many private collections.