Mary Rousseaux is a Wayne State University MFA graduate. Her background as a print-maker, which is an art field almost entirely process-based, transitioned naturally into the paintings she does now. The work she does presently, is an ancient technique called encaustic art. It is a process that involves taking pigments and folding them into built up layers of hot wax then subtracting from it exposing the colors within. Her work has a very natural feeling and seems to mimic a landscape at times where the hot wax has eroded layers away like glaciers sculpting the earth. Her work is non-representational but she admits having the idea of a landscape in mind while working. She works on plaster-based panels with up to seventy layers of wax built up.  Though the process is additive in nature, she describes herself as a subtractive artist. She builds up so many layers  all for the fun of scraping away the wax again to reveal the overlapping transparent colors inside. After she has achieved the attitude and overall look, she will sometimes finish the piece with a thick layer of  shiny resin over its surface adding more richness and depth to the imagery.

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