The creative process
My pictures are always created in a spontaneous, completely free process and usually consist of several layers of material.
They flow out of my hand and become something tangible that I otherwise couldn't express with words. I let myself be carried away by and with them. And that's what they should inspire you to do.
The meaning that is hidden behind the individual image is not necessarily related to the object, the pattern or the depicted object, but to the feeling it triggers in the viewer. Giving mindfulness to the moment would be a wonderful purpose of my pictures.
There is always something new to discover or a different effect on yourself - to find peace or new energy. The most important thing is to be or become a free spirit.
Or to put it in the words of Pablo Picasso: "Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life."
Material and way of working
I love to work with natural materials and so I rediscovered the millennia-old art of encaustic for myself.
Beeswax and damar (a natural resin) are used to make a base medium, which is needed both for the primer and for making the paints. Damar makes the beeswax more resistant and increases its melting point. The wax medium is melted and pigmented for use - opaque or translucent. Many layers are applied one on top of the other and fused together again and again with a propane gas burner. Pigmented shellac is applied with a brush and"burned off"with the burner. This creates beautiful, unique and always new network effects.
The human being
I live and work in Rottweil on the edge of the Black Forest. Self-taught with a passion for natural materials to the core, I work with a very unique technique similar to the millennia-old "Encaustic", using pigmented wax-damar-medium and shellac.
"We live in a high-speed, digital world that fascinates and delights me. At the same time, it inspires me to respect our connection to nature and the elements, to live in balance here and now. My artworks may be visual anchors for this connection.
Recharge your batteries, come to peace, feel clarity or let yourself be inspired by pure joy of life - be in harmony with yourself".
Ulli Dorau is a member of the International Encaustic Artists Association.
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