An original encaustic painting on panel, framed and ready to hang.
This piece features an anatomical heart, hanging from a branch like a beehive. The heart is the center of emotion, and for me, bees and hives symbolize labor. Here, then, is a place where the work gets done. The text buzzes about like insects, a reference to the ways that we use language to accomplish so much emotional labor.
Encaustic paint is a blend of filtered beeswax, natural tree resin, and pigment. It is an ancient medium, and archeologists have found encaustic artwork on wood and linen that's over 2000 years old, and in good condition. The tree resin raises the melting point of the wax, as well as making the final surface harder, shinier, and more durable. While some collectors new to encaustic have concerns regarding its fragility, the medium is actually quite strong and archival. Encaustic, like any fine art, is best displayed out of direct sunlight and in a room that is between 50 and 100 degrees Farenheit (10 to 38 degrees Celsius).
Instructions for care and cleaning are included with the purchase of any original painting.