Kate Huser Santucci lives and works in Dayton, Ohio. She started her career as a sculptor and is now working in encaustic and mixed media. The work combines beeswax, damar resin, and pigment to create luminous surfaces with many layers. She is fascinated by the natural world, and finds those themes recurring in her work as she explores our connection to that world and our personal evolution within it. Her latest body of work examines our tendency to see meaning in mark making, and explore the way we instinctively seek to make connection by assigning meaning to randomness, be that graffiti, constellations, dreams, crop circles, runes, clouds, religious symbols, paintings on cave walls, tea leaves, the patterns worms leave under the bark of tree branches, or the abstract placement of letters that make up sigils. This search for clues, for patterns, and for inspiration is what makes us human, as we long for connections and try to figure out where we fit into the larger picture.
Media: Encaustic, cold wax paintings, and sculptures