It is an idea that has fascinated me for such a long time - that a hand curled in potential violence is the same size as the muscle that pumps our lifeblood and symbolizes our compassion. In this piece, I'm taking that idea a bit further and looking at that clenching fist as having a death grip on resentments - and hanging on tight to the bonds of love and loyalty. I've symbolized those bonds with words as that is one of the main ways we as humans express what is in our hearts.
Encaustic 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).
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