Black Stump Gallery

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Black Stump Gallery

Heike Radzevicius (aka Hiker) works primarily with encaustic (heat and wax) and often inspired by landscape.

Hikers artistic journey has encompassed making jewellery for a small fashion boutique, over glaze paintings sold through an Alice springs gallery, textiles and pottery and market stalls often interspersed with art studies.

Hiker came to encaustic art late in life approximately 5 years ago. In that time she has had 3 exhibitions, been a finalist in the ‘Robert Juniper landscape exhibition’ won a section in the ‘Matsuri Shinju art awards’ and had the privilege of judging the Mackay Art society awards in 2019.

Hiker is inspired by the landscape and water. As a young child she became her Fathers walking companion through the Flinders Ranges a love of landscape was born! Then the incredible Pilbara and Kimberley cemented stunning images in her psyche.

The love of encaustics was not an instant attraction. It is a difficult medium but ultimately for many a seductive one! Hiker works primarily with wax and a blow torch. She loves the fact that she can use heat to represent a landscape moulded and formed by heat. The landsapes emerge from the molten wax and she loves the surprise in the process.

From the grinding of resin, the colouring of wax, the lighting of shellac, it is the magic of alchemy that steals her soul.