Sharon Hogg

2014 Curious Messenger
Sharon Hogg 2014 Curious Messenger Encaustic and Linen on Dyed Cherry wood Panel
Curious Messenger Detail Collage
2014
Encaustic and Linen on Dyed Cherry wood Panel
62x73 inches

This piece, like so much of my work, is a collage of process.
Sharon Hogg 2014 Curious Messenger Encaustic and Linen on Dyed Cherry wood Panel
Curious Messenger Detail Processes
2014
Encaustic and Linen on Dyed Cherry wood Panel
62x73 inches

Here is the juxtaposition of three processes in Curious Messenger.
Sharon Hogg 2014 Curious Messenger Encaustic and Linen on Dyed Cherry wood Panel
Curious Messenger Detail Dyed Panel
2014
Encaustic and Linen on Dyed Cherry wood Panel
62x73 inches

Dyed Cherry Panel
Sharon Hogg 2014 Curious Messenger Encaustic and Linen on Dyed Cherry wood Panel
Curious Messenger Detail Linen
2014
Encaustic and Linen on Dyed Cherry wood Panel
62x73 inches

Encaustic infused Linen
Sharon Hogg 2014 Curious Messenger Encaustic and Linen on Dyed Cherry wood Panel
Curious Messenger Detail Encaustic
2014
Encaustic and Linen on Dyed Cherry wood Panel
62x73 inches

Pure pigment floating in a deep encaustic layer


Sharon Hogg 2014 Curious Messenger Encaustic and Linen on Dyed Cherry wood Panel
Curious Messenger Detail Camera vs Projector
2014
Encaustic and Linen on Dyed Cherry wood Panel
62x73 inches

I was thinking of the work of a number of very cool other artists in making Curious Messenger

Lindsay Seers’ I Was A Camera, (Now I Am A Projector) describes her early life as a camera and how she has now transformed into a projector.

Sharon Hogg 2014 Curious Messenger Encaustic and Linen on Dyed Cherry wood Panel
Curious Messenger Detail Transposed in Translation
2014
Encaustic and Linen on Dyed Cherry wood Panel
62x73 inches

I was thinking of the work of a number of very cool other artists in making Curious Messenger

Katie Patterson’s EarthMoonEarth translates Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata into Morse code, and then transmits the signals to be bounced off the moon and back again to play on an in-gallery piano.


Sharon Hogg 2014 Curious Messenger Encaustic and Linen on Dyed Cherry wood Panel
Curious Messenger Detail Machine as Avatar
2014
Encaustic and Linen on Dyed Cherry wood Panel
62x73 inches

I was thinking of the work of a number of very cool other artists in making Curious Messenger

The movie Avatar


Sharon Hogg 2014 Curious Messenger Encaustic and Linen on Dyed Cherry wood Panel
Curious Messenger Detail Earthrise
2014
Encaustic and Linen on Dyed Cherry wood Panel
62x73 inches

I was thinking of the work of a number of very cool other artists in making Curious Messenger

And that famous picture of earth from the moon taken by NASA in 1969



Sharon Hogg 2014 Curious Messenger Encaustic and Linen on Dyed Cherry wood Panel
Curious Messenger Detail Autonomous Spacecraft
2014
Encaustic and Linen on Dyed Cherry wood Panel
62x73 inches

There are currently (2013) two unmanned spacecraft sending and receiving ongoing updates from Earth.


Sharon Hogg 2014 Curious Messenger Encaustic and Linen on Dyed Cherry wood Panel
Curious Messenger Detail Mission Specific
2014
Encaustic and Linen on Dyed Cherry wood Panel
62x73 inches

They are mission specific machines sent to closely examine Mars (Curiosity) and Mercury (Messenger).

Sharon Hogg 2014 Curious Messenger Encaustic and Linen on Dyed Cherry wood Panel
Curious Messenger Detail Into the Void
2014
Encaustic and Linen on Dyed Cherry wood Panel
62x73 inches

In the past, humans have sent unmanned craft called names like Voyageur, Viking and Explorer on trajectories that head out from their origins on earth and then on ever-outward into the void.


Sharon Hogg 2014 Curious Messenger Encaustic and Linen on Dyed Mahogany Panel
Curious Messenger Detail Singular Purposed
2014
Encaustic and Linen on Dyed Mahogany Panel
62x73 inches

Curiosity and Messenger, however, are singularly aimed at one destination and are singularly purposed as avatars for human sensory experience.


Sharon Hogg 2014 Curious Messenger Encaustic and Linen on Dyed Cherry wood Panel
Curious Messenger - Current Incarnation - Mortality
2014
Encaustic and Linen on Dyed Cherry wood Panel
62x73 inches

Curiosity will die and sadly yes, the Messenger will be killed by the harsh environments of their destinations.
Sharon Hogg 2014 Curious Messenger Encaustic and Linen on Dyed Cherry wood Panel
Curious Messenger - Current Incarnation - Not Ambassadors
2014
Encaustic and Linen on Dyed Cherry wood Panel
62x73 inches

They act, however, not as ambassadors, not as fly-by tourists, and not as questing explorers with important identities of their own.


Sharon Hogg 2014 Curious Messenger Encaustic and Linen on Dyed Cherry wood Panel
Curious Messenger - Current Incarnation - Human Extentions
2014
Encaustic and Linen on Dyed Cherry wood Panel
62x73 inches

They act as equally important extensions of the human consciousness.
Sharon Hogg 2014 Curious Messenger Encaustic and Linen on Dyed Cherry wood Panel
Curious Messenger - Current Incarnation - Aligned Componentry
2014
Encaustic and Linen on Dyed Cherry wood Panel
62x73 inches

Even the nature of their names has changed from that of individual agents to that of aligned componentry of the human project.


Sharon Hogg 2014 Curious Messenger Encaustic and Linen on Dyed Cherry wood Panel
Curious Messenger - Current Incarnation - Not Cameras but Projectors
2014
Encaustic and Linen on Dyed Cherry wood Panel
62x73 inches

They act, not as cameras taking snapshots and postcards to send home, but as projectors sending human directed investigative activity out to these two planets.


Sharon Hogg 2014 Curious Messenger Encaustic and Linen on Dyed Cherry wood Panel
Curious Messenger Morse Code and Moonlight Sonata
2014
Encaustic and Linen on Dyed Cherry wood Panel
62x73 inches

When we send and receive our coded messages to and from these avatars, will the vicarious experience that we gain from them be something like that roughly translated Morse code Moonlight Sonata?

Sharon Hogg 2014 Curious Messenger Encaustic and Linen on Dyed Cherry wood Panel
Curious Messenger - How?
2014
Encaustic and Linen on Dyed Cherry wood Panel
62x73 inches

So much for the Why? - what about the how?

The cherry wood panel was coloured with aniline dyes, and the splattered with water before the dye set. A final coat of finish wax seals the wood surface.
The heavily layered encaustic paint (beeswax, damar resin and microcrystalline-wax combined with pigment powders) applied directly to the wood.
Encaustic medium is soaked through the Linen and into the wood beneath effectively binding them together.


Sharon Hogg 2014 Curious Messenger Encaustic and Linen on Dyed Cherry wood Panel
Curious Messenger - GradShow and girl
2013
Encaustic and Linen on Dyed Cherry wood Panel
62x73 inches

This is Curious Messenger in its first iteration.

It was permanently altered in 2014, after the fuss and hurry of the art school grad show was over.