Tempest NeuCollins holds an MFA in studio art from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She currently lives and works in Ann Arbor, MI.
I'm very interested in the twin notions of place and landscape, in particular how these ideas are rooted not only in the physical, but also in the less accessible recesses of memory.
All my work begins with a place. I work from photographs that I shoot while on long walks through an intriguing area, thus building up a relationship and cache of memories that I can intuitively pull upon when making the art-works.
I start the piece by creating a photo collage and use acrylic transfer to transfer the photo collage to paper, a process that is rich with unevenness, creating interesting visual complexities that I'll later work with.
I finish by using a combination of encaustic (hot wax painting) and acrylic to build up layers.
My images are never physically accurate representations of a particular landscape; rather, they try to capture the fleeting cultural and personal memories and definitions of that place. They try to root themselves in the energy of a particular landscape.