Why oil pastel? I wonder how the stick differs from a brush for you. Contemporary Artist Series Ecka
A: I’ve worked with many different papers and prefer Stonehenge drawing and Strathmore mixed media papers. They’re strong without being heavy and hold up nicely to paint and pastels. Occasionally with acrylic works I’ll lay a ground of matte medium, but first the paper is bathed then stretched and stapled to a wood panel, to keep it taut. The oil pastels I work from a hardcover book, and soft pastels I use loose sheets taped to boards, so each surface has a pretty solid support through the process.
Process of untitled 2021. Interview with Ecka Blaire Folds by NYC Photographer Angela Cappetta.
Q: Do you also paint on canvas?
A: I’m not a fan of the texture of canvas so I avoid it, though I do sometimes work on panel. The flexibility of paper along with its texture, tonality, and organic structure is very important to me. It’s also comforting to work with; I started working on paper when I began experiencing chronic headaches over 13 years ago, and it’s been an interesting and fulfilling journey learning how paints and other media engage with it ever since.
Q: You seem to have an infatuation with light and pictorialism. Am I in the ballpark?
A: The aesthetic of light is something I’m drawn to, but it’s born from my interest in capturing people engaging in nature, often in introspective ways. I love water and the dappled light created by woods and foliage, as these make for interesting spaces where figures can become immersed in their environment. It’s important to capture that point where the figure starts to become a part of the place they’re in. It’s a little romantic, I think, and may be how you relate it to pictorialism.
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