My Pennsylvania Backyard Moment

Encaustic over antique photos, with found objects in antique shadowbox.

8” w x 15” h x 6” deep


This piece is highly personal as it features my grandmother (hands on hips) and my mom and her sister as little girls, circa 1930. They lived on a farm in the coal country of Pennsylvania.

The dimensionality of 3-D art, in Otty’s assemblages, incorporate pieces of old wood, found objects and sometimes photographs. The various themes range from a moment of humor as in the Cupie Doll piece to a rather solemn captured moment in time as in the Pennsylvania Backyard Moment. Encaustic wax is used at times to preserve the piece from light damage. Finding the elements in junk shops, abandoned jewelry drawers and along the shore makes this art form especially fun.