Barbara Rehus

Safe Houses

The Safe houses series was created in reaction to global events over the last several years.  I believe that, regardless of what politicians and governments declare, all people really want is to be safe in their homes.  Safe houses is a pro-peace work, rather than anti-war.  To me, the term ‘pro-peace’ reaches further than the term ‘anti-war’ in that it addresses the way most people would rather live every day, not just in times of conflict.  Safe houses are constructed of either wax or glass, neither of which is a particularly durable material when placed under great stress.  Glass easily shatters and wax can melt and collapse.  Each medium seems an apt analogy for the fragility of the safety we attempt to create for ourselves and our families.

 

  • Safe House #15; Encaustic shavings, cast encaustic on wood; 7"h x 7.5"w x 8.5"d; 2004 Safe House #15; Encaustic shavings, cast encaustic on wood; 7"h x 7.5"w x 8.5"d; 2004
  • Safe House #19; Encaustic shavings, cast encaustic on wood; 5.25"h x 7.5"w x 2.5"d; 2004 Safe House #19; Encaustic shavings, cast encaustic on wood; 5.25"h x 7.5"w x 2.5"d; 2004
  • Safe House #22; Kiln cast glass, sheet glass, recycled glass cubes; 6.75"h x 4.75"w x 3.5"d; 2004 Safe House #22; Kiln cast glass, sheet glass, recycled glass cubes; 6.75"h x 4.75"w x 3.5"d; 2004
  • Safe House #4; Encaustic shavings, cast encaustic on wood; 4.5"h x 6.25"w x 2.5"d; 2004 Safe House #4; Encaustic shavings, cast encaustic on wood; 4.5"h x 6.25"w x 2.5"d; 2004
  • Safe House #27; Kiln cast glass, sheet glass, recycled glass cubes; 7.75"h x 6"w x 2"d; 2004 Safe House #27; Kiln cast glass, sheet glass, recycled glass cubes; 7.75"h x 6"w x 2"d; 2004
  • Safe House #16 (detail); Encaustic shavings, cast encaustic on wood; 7"h x 10"w x 7.5"d; 2004 Safe House #16 (detail); Encaustic shavings, cast encaustic on wood; 7"h x 10"w x 7.5"d; 2004
  • Safe House #18; Encaustic shavings, cast encaustic on wood; 3.75"h x 5"w x 3.5"d; 2004 Safe House #18; Encaustic shavings, cast encaustic on wood; 3.75"h x 5"w x 3.5"d; 2004
  • Safe House #21; Kiln cast glass, sheet glass; 5.25"h x 3.25"w x 3"d; 2004 Safe House #21; Kiln cast glass, sheet glass; 5.25"h x 3.25"w x 3"d; 2004
  • Safe House #20; Kiln cast glass, sheet glass, recycled glass cubes; 5.25"h x 6"w x 3.5"d; 2004 Safe House #20; Kiln cast glass, sheet glass, recycled glass cubes; 5.25"h x 6"w x 3.5"d; 2004
  • Safe House #10; Encaustic shavings, cast encaustic on wood; 7"h x 5.5"w x 7"d; 2004 Safe House #10; Encaustic shavings, cast encaustic on wood; 7"h x 5.5"w x 7"d; 2004
Safe House #15; Encaustic shavings, cast encaustic on wood; 7"h x 7.5"w x 8.5"d; 2004

Safe House #19; Encaustic shavings, cast encaustic on wood; 5.25"h x 7.5"w x 2.5"d; 2004

Safe House #22; Kiln cast glass, sheet glass, recycled glass cubes; 6.75"h x 4.75"w x 3.5"d; 2004

Safe House #4; Encaustic shavings, cast encaustic on wood; 4.5"h x 6.25"w x 2.5"d; 2004

Safe House #27; Kiln cast glass, sheet glass, recycled glass cubes; 7.75"h x 6"w x 2"d; 2004

Safe House #16 (detail); Encaustic shavings, cast encaustic on wood; 7"h x 10"w x 7.5"d; 2004

Safe House #18; Encaustic shavings, cast encaustic on wood; 3.75"h x 5"w x 3.5"d; 2004

Safe House #21; Kiln cast glass, sheet glass; 5.25"h x 3.25"w x 3"d; 2004

Safe House #20; Kiln cast glass, sheet glass, recycled glass cubes; 5.25"h x 6"w x 3.5"d; 2004

Safe House #10; Encaustic shavings, cast encaustic on wood; 7"h x 5.5"w x 7"d; 2004