#crucible2020 derived from envisioning and research-creation initiated in 2019. It was the intentional melting and transformation of a personal archive of encaustic paintings. Wax, a surprisingly stable material isopen to re-forming in the presence of extreme heat. In the time frame of the series, COVID-19 was also bringing a kind of heat to our wax-like and vulnerable existence. Time and energies prompted the question: When is a painting finished? Most of the material dissolved and was captured in sculptural form, the stretchers re-purposed, the canvas conserved for a future work. Other matter persisted, re-incarnated, across decades, stubbornly resisting the process. Intentional. Unexpected. That which remains.