Empathy is central to Mary Farmer’s work. To escape from the chaos of our world, she offers her art as a refuge, hoping there always remains room for aesthetic appreciation. Her social justice advocacy works its way into her practice, and Farmer encourages contemplation and calm when engaging with her work. Her abstract pieces shed light on human experiences, as well as our capacity for change. While her portfolio reveals her own deeply held beliefs, she is unafraid to welcome others into her world of enlightenment in the abstract. Decades of work precede Farmer’s latest collection. Though physically small, her encaustic collages are multilayered, gradually revealing more and more to viewers. Farmer weaves color, form, and texture to evoke emotion and sow a deep sense of tranquility. The colored pigments in the hot wax facilitate this process, simultaneously popping off and melting into the pieces. Farmer’s work performs an important service: transporting her audience to a peaceful world of her own creation.