Put down the paintbrushes and pack away the pencils, one local artist will be showing off her use of an ancient and unique art style later this month.
Sharon De Valentin's latest exhibition 'Fire and Wax' will centre around her use of the ancient 'encaustic' art form.
The medium involves using heated, coloured beeswax to create one of a kind paintings and sculptures.
The Fire and Wax exhibition will explore the relationship between nature and the man made world, with paintings and sculptures depicting landscapes, farming scenes and botanicals.
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Ms De Valentin said she believes the unique nature of her method allows her to capture the chaotic beauty of the real world.
"Although wild and volatile by nature, with practiced technique, encaustics can be tamed into beautiful pieces of art, while maintaining a unique unrepeatability - an element which I feel can be used to perfectly portray the complex beauty in the world around us," she said.
"I find the process of making my own medium from beeswax, resin and dry pigment an art form in itself, a kind of alchemy that leaves room for experimentation and creative expression.
I find the process of making my own medium from beeswax, resin and dry pigment an art form in itselfSarah De Valentin, Griffith artist
"I choose to craft my own substrates, as it gives me complete creative freedom which is invaluable as an artist, and also fits in with my philosophy that every part of the process is part of the artwork itself."
Also on diplay in the exhibition will be a variety of Ms De Valentin's sculptures, creations with features pulled directly from the Australian nature.
Nuts and seeds collected from across the country appear in many of the works, pieces of nature either gifted to Ms De Valentin or which she collected herself over the years.
Griffith Regional Art Gallery co-ordinator Ray Wholohan said he was excited for the exhibit to showcase a distinctive art form.
"Sharon's passion for the often unheeded medium of encaustic is palpable," he said.
"She has found her own visual language through trial and error and experimentation in the studio and has found a way to translate the ancient encaustic medium in a contemporary artist practice."
"Anyone who is interested in exploring the wider disciplines of painting outside of traditional oils and acrylics or who is a lover of contemporary art needs to see this exhibition."
The Fire and Wax exhibition will open at 11am on Saturday April 10 and will run until Friday May 21.
It will be located at ArtSpace at the Griffith Regional Theatre from 10am to 5pm Monday to Friday.
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