This is an encaustic painting. Encaustic means "burned in" and that is just how this painting is created. I use beeswax that I melt on a hot plate to collage the vintage and found fabrics. I dip vintage doll dresses in bees wax and attach them to my canvas. This preserves them as this ancient method does. The ancient Egyptians used it to paint the likeness of the diseased on their sarcophagus, which were found many centuries later in beautiful condition. 20 x 28 in.
The hare represented romantic love, lust, abundance,
and fercundity. Hares were associated with the
Artemis, goddess of wild places and the hunt, and
newborn hares were not to be killed but left to her
protection. Rabbits were sacred to Aphrodite, the
goddess of love, beauty, and marriage—for rabbits
had “the gift of Aphrodite” (fertility) in great abundance.
In Greece, the gift of a rabbit was a common love token
from a man to his male or female lover. In Rome, the
gift of a rabbit was intended to help a barren wife
conceive. Carvings of rabbits eating grapes and figs
appear on both Greek and Roman tombs, where they
symbolize the transformative cycle of life, death, and rebirth.