Winston Wächter Fine Art is honored to highlight “Oh Delicate Flower,” a recent artwork by Kandis Susol.
Kandis Susol’s encaustic paper sculptures present harmony as a dialogue between fragility and resilience. After handcrafting sheets of paper from raw Japanese Kozo pulp, Susol meditatively sculpts flowing ripples and patterns into her compositions with heated wax and resin.
Finished monochromatic pieces appear weightless yet sturdy through suggested movement. In “Oh Delicate Flower,” this featherweight beauty remains intact through layers of what appear as blooming petals, but with a sobering, empowering drop of color.
“Oddly enough I couldn’t understand why I found myself putting red in the piece when I hadn’t ever done that before. I was using a photograph of a Dahlia with the touch of red. As the piece progressed I could see the possibility of blood being seen, yet I continued.
Looking deeply into this thought I discovered how a beautiful flower— the symbol of innocence, purity, and virginity— can and has been taken from a girl sometimes in a violent and cruel way.
Women bleed. We need to see the beauty in that. Honor it. Cherish the life giving process of it. I know we are strong but we are also Delicate Flowers. This piece helped heal a long ago violent experience for me. My hope is that it will do the same for you. “ — Kandis Susol