Michele Thrane’s Harmonics series is about family, art, and physics. Her artwork is influenced by her son’s research. A physicist, his current work involves the search for gravitational waves. As he tries to better understand the universe, she is trying to share the excitement and awe he finds in the mysteries beyond what the eye can see.
The artwork in the Harmonics exhibit was created using the encaustic process. The encaustic medium consists of natural beeswax and damar resin combined with pigment. Heat is used through out the process to keep the encaustic medium in a liquid state.
Equations and graphs taken from her son’s published papers are also used in some of the artwork. The encaustic process is especially effective in creating depths and layers of mystery along with luminous colors-a good medium to explore the many-layered mysteries of the universe.