An original encaustic painting on panel, wired and ready to hang. (See below for more information on encaustic).
This piece is part of a larger series of encaustic paintings exploring themes of home and belonging. The figures holds home close, the roofline pointing to the heart, and lines of text appear in the background. The text is from the dictionary page that includes the definition of the word "home," and invites us to consider how we personally choose to define home. It is unclear if home is found within or without, and whether or not the figure feels at home in her own body. The green and metallic copper accents call to mind sculpture, patinas, and nature.
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.