Mixed Media Artist

J J Worden

I Need to Make Things Even if Nobody Cares

Mediums - Plaster and Wax

Plaster and Wax

The use of plaster on wood as a substrate allows for much textural exploration, from the troweling of the plaster itself to inscribing into it when dry. Adding beeswax medium over everything also offers the opportunity for more mark making.

Often a particular image will get my process started and all marks and subsequent additions, from image transfers, text, stencils, to inscribed circles, lines, words flow from that starting point. Further I work in reasonably large series ...4,5 even 10 pieces at a time... each piece relating to the next. I find this allows me to explore big, thorny questions, thoughts, concerns, subjects and even though each work can stand on its own, there is a communal thread throughout all the pieces.

And because I've been asked, "Well, can't your work be called encaustic?" I don't categorize it as such, simply because even though I do use beeswax mixed with damar resin aka encaustic medium, I apply it only as a top finish layer. Semantics, perhaps!

Available work can be found in the ART (for sale) section.


Current Work

Artist Statement

Artist Statement

I'mJen Worden

Maker of Things

The little details, the subtle nuance.
How we feel, what we see and smell and hear.
The distant call of a crow.
The feel of the Spring sun on our face as we emerge from the dark, cold winter.
These are the experiences and layers that interest me.

Because everything is connected to everything.

Our stories may be different but why we tell them is the same.
To feel connected and loved.
To be heard.

Through layers of wax and plaster, paint and photographs.
With rusty nails and found objects and wire.
These are my stories.

Contact Info

354 Sarty Road RR2 . Wentzell Lake
Nova Scotia . Canada