Kalapana (Mauna Loa Study)
Encaustic Mixed Media on Panel, 18” x 18” x 1.5", 2019, $1400
Using encaustic paint as a vehicle for mixed media, my work combines architectural images of land pattern, structure, and urban development into multi-layered views of home and landscape. In the process, I reconstruct historic images of land projects and their geological environments in paint and wax, incorporating found objects, text and schematic visuals that indicate the human hand and its proclivity for altering the space around it. The resulting surfaces in painting, printmaking, sculpture and/or installation (Solliday|Mason), are heavily developed, implying their own synchronous history as a construction site.
Originally from Montana, Dara Solliday spent her formative years in the American South, studying architecture at Tulane University in Louisiana, and fine art at East Carolina University in North Carolina.
Her encaustic and installation work has been exhibited in solo and group shows throughout the United States, including the Museum of Northwest Art; Bellevue Arts Museum; Hockaday Museum of Art; ECU Gray Gallery and Emerge Gallery in North Carolina; and in Seattle at SAM Gallery, CoCA, Linda Hodges Gallery, NW Encaustic, Good Arts, Kate Alkarni Gallery, City Hall and ShunPike. Her work is included in corporate and private collections internationally.