Richard attended this year’s conference which was held in Mobile, Alabama October 22nd - 24th, 2009. It was an opportunity to see old and new friends - artists, art historians, encaustic painters and oil painters.
The keynote speaker was Joel-Peter Witkin. Witkin presented a survey of his work and is known for his photographs of amputated body parts, cripples, distorted figures and composite compositions. They are often hard to take, but they are often directly linked (and often take off of) classical imagery, particularly old-master paintings. Witkin uses wax, at times, to develop surface effects on his photos.
The next SECAC conference will be held at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. VCU is a hotbed of encaustic, thanks to Reni Gower and her Divas and Iron Chefs of Encaustic events. Plans are in the making for another encaustic event there for next year’s SECAC conference. Check back in 2010 for more info.