This is a reproduction of an original encaustic painting that includes snippets and layers of text, the repeated pattern of letters, overlaid with an anatomical illustration of the human heart.
There is a comfort in repetition - a favorite song on repeat, a beloved book re-read, the same cozy cafe every morning. This piece celebrates those rituals and the literal meaning behind the metaphor.
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.