Encaustic (or "hot wax painting) dates as far back as Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire. It is a painting method in which dry oil pigment is suspended in a binder of beeswax and damar resin crystals. I love it because the results are like no other medium—mysterious, luminous, and translucent, with a glow that seems to shine from within. This is an encaustic collage; assembled of seed pods, beeswax, damar resin and copper pigment. Seeds hold the mystery of luminous flowers and pods to come in the future. Nowhere is the cycle of life more visible than in the study of seeds, pods and time. It was inspired by seeing a palm pod falling and wondering what would happen to the seeds inside. What makes it special is that no two pieces of pod are alike, just as no two snowflakes are alike.
beeswax, resin, copper pigment, palm pods
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