Trace Willans


(From a series of 81 pieces)
Each 12 x 18 cm
Traditional Gesso (Rabbit skin Glue & Whiting),Charcoal, Ink, Natural Pigments,
Egg, Encaustic medium (Beeswax & Damar Resin) Cold Wax Medium
(Beeswax & Pure   Gum Turpentine) Hand Stitch in Cotton/Silk thread
Xanthorrhoea Resin and Methelayted Spirits - On Recycled Cotton Sheeting
remaining in place or at rest; motionless;stationary: free from sound or noise, as a place or persons;silent:
subdued or low in sound; hushed:
free from turbulence or commotion; peaceful;tranquil; calm:
at this or that time; as previously:
up to this or that time; as yet:
in the future as in the past:
to calm, appease, or allay:
to become still or quiet.
the animate existence or period of animate existence of an individual:
a corresponding state, existence, or principle ofexistence conceived of as belonging 
to the soul
the general or universal condition of human existence:
any specified period of animate existence:
for or lasting a lifetime; lifelong:
My Art is all about walking lightly on the earth. I am exploring process through mixed media works utilizing selected natural art materials chosen for their sustainability and low environmental impact.  These have been developed through a series of experiments with traditional/historic mediums such as casein, egg, starch resists, natural dyes and earth pigments.
This series of work explores the nature of grief and the loss of people close to me. Looking at birth, life, death, and the possibility of rebirth - where something positive can hopefully eventually arise from the experience.
I have interpreted the concept of Still Life through the deconstruction of the concept into two separate entities, Still and Life. I hope to convey both a sense of stillness and the sense of a life that still lives on - the still point in a storm of grief, where waves of emotion wash over me.
The base of all the pieces is made from recycled bed sheets. This represents the lived experience as well as the winding sheet (or shroud) and the cloth that binds a new born infant. This fabric is coated in traditional gesso made from rabbit skin glue and whiting (calcium carbonate) and then embellished with naturally occurring substances including beeswax, natural pigments, charcoal, ink and walnut oil. As a final coating all the pieces feature the use of Xanthorrhoea resin which comes from the Australian Native Grass Tree and is only available after the plant has been through a fire.
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