Lori Henson is a photo based artist who uses visual storytelling to explore the female archetype through the use of the encaustic medium.

My encaustic work is a harmonious contrast of modern technology and antiquity. In my process I layer digital imagery into one of the oldest mark-making mediums, bees wax & tree resin. I try to blur the lines between the past, present, and future, in both technique and subject matter. I want each piece to emotionally and spiritually touch the viewer.

It all begins with an old photograph. My aim is to bring power & spirit back to a lost photo, a lost culture, or time. The image is printed on the thinnest of Japanese kozo paper, with pigmented inks. It is then layered in encaustic wax and hand painted with additional pigments. The final step is to build up the surface texture with patterns in wax, which are fused with fire. Because of the amount hand work involved, each piece is unique, even if a piece is made in small editions. – Lori Henson

Lori Henson, who has studios in both Minneapolis, Minnesota and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, is an artist of many industries including fashion, product, surface, and graphic design. She studied fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City, and drawing at the Art Student League, also in New York City. Most recently she has exhibited with Belgis Freidel Gallery, the International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA) art fair, and the Art on Paper art fair in New York City in Fall 2022.

Find Lori Henson’s work in our One-of-a-Kind II exhibition November 25, 2022- January 7, 2023.

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