PROCESS & MEDIUMS
Alcohol ink is a relatively new paint medium, it is acid-free and has an alcohol base, which can be extremely vivid or subtle color in Constance’s creative hands. Totally self-taught, she blends batches of ink colors specifically for each painting. Constance uses non-porous surfaces to paint on and compressed air instead of a brush, to manipulate the ink into her unique colorful curvilinear forms and patterning. Ventilation is vital in her studio and she wears a respirator while working too. All the alcohol ink paintings are painted on coated aluminum panels, unless noted with the title and size, with (ia) after the inventory number for ink on aluminum or (iy) for ink on yupo paper or (ei) encaustic with ink on top.
Encaustic paint is a beeswax, tree resin, and pigment medium, which needs to be heated to work with. Constance uses a multitude of electric skillets as her painting palettes to melt and blend the encaustic paint, which she applies with brushes or metal trowels onto cradled wood boards. She uses a blow-torch to fuse and manipulate each of the layers and sculpting tools to create texture throughout. And lastly, she incorporates other mediums for surface effects, such as shellac and gold or silver leaf. Ventilation is vital in her studio and she wears a respirator while working too.
In 2017, sculpture works were reintroduced back into her schedule, it had been five years since she closed her sculpture studio to focus on her encaustic painting. A move to a new studio has combined her painting studio, a sculpture studio and art salon of her work. Look for sculpture coming to the website in 2018.
Circularity & Evolutionary
Constance Williams produces catalogs of her work, which documents the circularity and evolutionary shifts of her signature curvilinear shapes. She finds the process to be a form of journaling, as she extracts, abstracts and edits to further develop a concept, series, and narrative while continually striving to originate with her mediums and substrates.