Caerimonia I, Christopher Kier, Encaustic wax and pigment on canvas, 90" x 48", $8,500

Original size is 357 × 650 pixels

In this series the artist employed a challenging ancient technique which employs pigment mixed with wax; the method dates back 2000 years to Egypt. The encaustic paintings speak of ancient tradition, evoking images of ceremonial bowls used in shamanic practices, tea ceremonies, and extravagant feasts. The triptych imagery is reminiscent of medieval Judeo-Christian paintings, though a bowl can be used for a simple secular ceremony, such as a daily meal, as readily as it can be employed in the most elaborate religious ceremony. Its uneven surface and the colour selection gives a warm, earthy, organic appearance which complements the subdued structure of bowls. There is an inherent utility paired with elegant design in bowls, which might explain why some of the most ancient artifacts discovered to date have been pieces of pottery.