Watchmaking. Paleography. Crystal Synthesis. Mud Ball Polishing.
Welcome to the world of The Secret Arts, a new experience from Atlas Obscura that invites some of the world’s rarest experts and artisans to share the hidden knowledge of their singular craft. Each weekly edition of The Secret Arts features a different craftsperson in discussion with host Eric Grundhauser (Atlas Obscura), exploring some of the key lessons and discoveries they’ve made over the years, how you might try your hand at their unique skill, and answering your questions live! Join us, and take a step into the unknown realm of The Secret Arts!
This week we're joined by wax artist, Heather O’Shaughnessy, to discuss the beautiful and historic art of wax relief sculpture! O’Shaughnessy uses techniques inspired by the 16th and 17th century European wax miniature portrait artists and wax flower makers. Her process involves sculpting, mold making, casting, carving, and painting, sometimes incorporating wax-dipped antique lace and textiles in her work. He work was recently featured in the HEY! Modern Art and Pop Culture Magazine’s exhibition at Halle Saint Pierre Museum in Paris, France, and regularly teaches wax-focused workshops. Join us for a night of art, discussion, wax, and fascination!
Host, Programming Lead, Atlas Obscura Experiences. Eric heads up Atlas Obscura's custom hosted experiences program, writing and designing experiences that bring Atlas Obscura's vision of wonder to life. He lives in Brooklyn with his comic book collection. His work has been featured on Slate, NPR, Vanity Fair, The AV Club, Motherboard, Smithsonian, and a bunch of other places where reasonable content is sold. He's fine.
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