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LOERA NEBULA is an 8×8 square piece that Tiffani made using her iconic holographic resin layering painting technique. This piece gives the blackness of space center stage, hitting you with the unfathomable darkness that dangles hope and new beginnings in a burgeoning blue and gold nebula whose elements dance as they form, changing every moment, and so does the painting as you view it in different lightings.
The nebulaic images coming out the James Webb infrared telescope tantalizes us with what awaits. In an infinite universe, there is a good chance a nebula very much like this one exists.
- Size: 8in x 8in x 1.5in
- Sides: “Shou Sugi Ban”* effect charcoal black wood sides
- Materials: UV-Resistant, eco-friendly tinted epoxy resin, multilayered for extraordinary depth
*Sides: Originating in 18th century Japan, shou sugi ban is a particularly striking method of preserving wood by charring it with fire. Tiffani captures the look of this ancient tradition by sanding and staining the sides charcoal black and rubbing it into the wood grain before sealing it with a clear protectant.
**NOTE: This painting is best put in a high light environment so you can see all the details well. This is a mockup of the painting. The actual size is as stated.
WHAT IS RESIN PAINTING?
You can think of epoxy resin as a sort of liquid glass once it is mixed. After Tiffani mixes the two parts, the clock starts, leaving just about one hour to color the resin, pour it, and paint with it. It is about the consistency of honey while in this state. So she uses a knife and heat implements, like a blow torch, to paint these scenes. At the one-hour mark, it sets into its final form. Each layer takes about 72 hours to fully cure into a brilliant and extremely durable glass-like finish. Most paintings have several layers, creating a depth of field unrivaled by other mediums. You can see through the transparencies of certain areas of these layers to those below making the process almost sculptural. Tiffani is known for using this technique to create her signature immersive look of oceans and nebulae.