This painting is part of a series featuring x-ray images. I was interested in exploring the stories we hold within us as well as finding a way to represent how our experiences leave marks on our bodies. Some experiences are so intense, they are written on the bone.
I photographed the original x-rays in an improvised light box, then manipulated the images in Photoshop before embedding a printed copy of the image in encaustic and layering in encaustic paint, oil paint, metal foil, and other elements.
Looking at the body through the lens of the chakras, the pelvis is the seat of creativity. In many ways it is the true cradle of civilization - the place where human potential is nurtured. Here, I have imagined it as a place that hold the energetic potential for our own rebirth. The lotus blossom, often associated with enlightenment and self-regeneration, echoes that symbolism.
So, what's encaustic? 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. Part of why I love encaustic is the incredible depth I can achieve and the soft, luminous quality it gives the work. Occasionally, this depth and softness will translate as a soft focus, or slightly blurred, effect in a reproduction, emphasizing the dreamy quality of the painting.