Sloane Bibb

3D Mixed Media: Paint. Paper. Beeswax. Secret-ingredient? Tar.


I have worked in the advertising/design industry for about 12 years, so my artwork is heavily influenced by the industry. On occasion, I try to incorporate textural elements from my artwork into my designs, but the majority of my design work is much different. Painting and assemblage has become my outlet…no client revisions!

I began doing this particular style on canvas, using mainly paint, old paper and beeswax. However, the glue made the canvases torque and bend, so I moved to wood. With the wood canvases, I was able to incorporate metal and found objects, and with these elements my work increasingly became more 3D.

As you can see, the heart and soul of my work is texture. And most…well, all of my techniques for creating these textures have been conceived through “happy” mistakes. I layer the paintings beginning with paper, then paint. I usually sand the paint, so that bits of the paper show through. I then add a layer of beeswax that is sanded/scraped back as well. Then, I add my secret ingredient–tar.

As far as the imagery/theme goes, I know what the main element will be when I start, but as I flip through old magazines and catalogs the story grows and usually changes. I try to put things together that don’t go together or are just comical together.