Gibby Waitzkin

This work is a culmination of my lifelong interest in Nature.

It is a personal exploration that blends artist-made paper with photographs, scanned imagery and dried and encaustic-preserved flowers from my gardens to evoke memories of family, friends and places.

The elements of the pieces reflect and mirror my own training and life experience - the growing and harvesting of the fibers and the flowers; the shredding, cooking, beating and pouring of the pulp; the photography and digital printing; the composition - the poetic expression of a life or a moment sealed in beeswax.

In addition to their function and aesthetic, flowers, plants and trees have historic symbolic meanings. I have sought to utilize this almost-lost language to describe the emotional relationship to the subject of the piece. Daisies evoke innocence; grasses reflect the fleeting quality of life; thistle-hardwork; witch hazel-peace; red rose-love or war; black-eyed susan’s- justice.

The pieces are very personal but speak to universal themes. They are my personal diary and portraits of others.

All the images in The Journey Continues... are digitally printed with archival inks on my handmade papers composed of plants, then sealed with beeswax that was rubbed on the pieces.

174 Sarvisberry Lane
Floyd, VA