Fortitude, Resilience, and the HOTbox.

I meet many amazing people through my work and Pamela Caughey is one of them. Her story is an inspiring one and I want to share it with you! -- Paula

"I love to work in many different mediums, but when I first viewed Paula Roland's DVD about encaustic monoprint, I must say I just had to try it. Unlike other painting methods I've experienced (ie, encaustic, mixed media and oil/cold wax), there is a fluidity and spontaneity which begs you to pursue the mantra, "less is more". Whereas in my other painting forms I will spend weeks to months on a painting due to the many layers which are added and subtracted, the very nature of the encaustic monoprint on thin paper has become for me a necessity for everything from "warming up", "loosening" up, "playing", and creating emotionally charged work. 

After the fire, Pamela, pulls an encaustic monotype print from her new Roland Pro HOTbox Set-up.  Photo:Tom Bauer, The Missoulian.   




"In July of this year (2016), our entire home burned down in the Roaring Lion Fire in Hamilton, MT. In a matter of hours, my four studios and our entire home were gone. All of my dedicated workspaces and specialty equipment (ventilation, large panels, dry pigments, encaustic waxes and brushes, and Paula's hot boxes) were converted to ash. In addition, the museum exhibition I had been working toward for the last one and a half years was in its final stretch of preparation, with near term deadlines for the full color catalog just weeks away. I was now without a studio or supplies; not a single brush survived.
"Nonetheless, my affinity for the hotboxes, especially Paula Roland's Pro hotbox (4 equally sized hotboxes which work together under a large metal plate), were among the first things I ordered to rebuild my rented studio. Although I had only spent about 6 months with my first set of hotboxes, once they were gone, they needed to be quickly replaced. My intuition was to work quickly and expressively to convey what I felt through the use of hot wax, heat, gestural movements and the delicacy of wax on paper. All of these things perhaps related to my fragile and emotional state. Powerful art can come from many different mediums, but it was this medium which caused my entire body of work to shift. I began to exploit the mark making I love. Though it is present (in varying degrees) in all of my work, it is raw and powerful when exploited in the encaustic monotype medium.

Encaustic monotypes and charred items shown in Pamela's current exhibition, Simply Not. (Holter Museum of Art, Helena Montana, through April 9, 2017)

"Thank you, Paula Roland, for your dedication to this medium and for providing the essential tools to help artists learn about this dynamic way of creating art." Pamela Caughey, 2017

See more of Pamela's monotypes HERE 
Read article in the Missoulian, Missoula, MT, HERE

 "While it is true that space is always hard to come by in any artist's studio, I decided to order Paula's Pro Hotbox set up because not only could I work larger with the encaustic monotypes, but it also serves as a fantastic palette for mixing encaustic paint.  I also have used it to clean off my taped edges on larger work on wooden panels - always ready with thin Kozo paper to make use of the residual wax."    Pamela Caughey, from her blog: "What is an Encaustic Monotype?" 8/16/2015

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  • Such a terrible loss. We Talk about letting go. It’s astonishing how Art and Spirit transcend tragedy. How often Creativity emerges from turmoil and rubble, kindling renewal. We are constantly starting over. Lives can be rebuilt. Pamela proves it. No doubt she will come back stronger.

    Anne Kneller

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