WAXY BUILDUP : CLEANING HOUSE PAINTINGS BY TRAYC CLAYBROOK AND DEANNA WOODTWO ARTISTS. ONE THEME. TWENTY-SIX PAINTINGS. 

The idea – Create a two-person show using the encaustic technique. Webrainstormed on a title that played on the idea of wax and came up with“Waxy Buildup : Cleaning House.” We decided to interpret it each in ourown way. We posted our progress on a blog - www.waxybuildup.blogspot.com. 

I decided to take the approach to this theme from the inside out. I havebeen doing some personal-inner work and felt that this was the perfectopportunity for me to finalize and release some of the old habits andbeliefs I had gotten rid of and honor the new points of view and truth thathave moved into those spaces. I chose to use the image of the woman’s legsin red pumps as a metaphor for my process of killing off “the wicked witch”in myself that no longer served me. The other elements, images, and textrepresent new lessons learned and ways of “being”.- Trayc Claybrook 

When we came up with the concept and the phrase “waxy buildup,” Iimmediately visualized the stereotypical 50’S housewife – happy to not onlyserve her family and clean her house but look beautiful to boot. Thesubtitle “cleaning house” led me to search for imagery and words thatrelated to housekeeping and traditional “women’s work.”I went to thrift stores for my supplies – old dress patterns and doilies. Myimagery came from retro 50’s clip art. I used words and text that evoked theadvertising aimed at the typical 50’s housewife – “saves time!” “…for yourfamily,” and “clean and pure.”These words combined with the house shape and imagery of the happy housewifecreate a body of work that is both nostalgic and cynical. The nostalgicimages and words elude to a happier, simpler time that most likely didn’texist, except perhaps on TV. The perfect housewife was supposed to conformto a strict set of rules and expectations.– Deanna Wood

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