‘As an encaustic artist, my work explores liminality and threshold states.

The liminal realm is a transitional one, a gateway between two distinct states.

The uncertainty of these in-between places has led them to be regarded with suspicion and anxiety, as places of conflict and with paradoxical associations; both with danger (formlessness and disorder) and with positive potential (transformation).

In my work I stand at that threshold, each work becoming a journey, starting with a blank canvas and a kernel of an idea, a leap in the unknown as I jump from one layer to the other,  exploring, trusting the unknown and unfamiliar.


In my recent body of work, I have been compelled to explore the primal theme of light embedded in my connection to the ever changing Irish landscape.

The works act as a reflective rendition of the remarkable light value of this land, composed entirely of the environment’s three most prominent physical characteristics, the Land, the Sea and the sky.

As the light shift slowly through the environment, the boundaries between each becomes increasingly blurry, each merging into the other, all becoming Light and reflections.

I strive to conjure up a sense of liminality in my paintings, where there is no separation between Land, Sea and sky, in order to ignite the imagination of the viewer while I reflect on the aesthetic power of light enhanced through layers of molten pigmented wax’.

Isabelle Gaborit