Here is my latest Abstract Encaustic artwork. I call it "Ankh Torso" what it means is "key of life".
The Egyptians believed it could sustain life, and revive human souls. in the afterlife. I felt this message to be pertinent to 2020, with so many souls lost to pandemic. The painting is mixed media Oil Paint, Wax, Japenese Tissue paper. The Tissue paper is used to cover the womans private parts, although it is translusent, you can still see it. The painting is done on birchwood cradle board 9 X 12X 1.5 unframed.
- SYMBOL MEANING:
- The ankh or key of life is an ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic symbol that was most commonly used in writing and in Egyptian art to represent the word for "life" and, by extension, as a symbol of life itself.
The ankh has a cross shape but with a teardrop-shaped loop in place of an upper bar. The origins of the symbol are not known, although many hypotheses have been proposed. It was used in writing as a triliteral sign, representing a sequence of three consonants, Ꜥ-n-ḫ. This sequence was found in several Egyptian words, including the words meaning "mirror", "floral bouquet", and "life". In art the symbol often appeared as a physical object representing either life or substances such as air or water that are related to it. It was especially commonly held in the hands of ancient Egyptian deities, or being given by them to the pharaoh, to represent their power to sustain life and to revive human souls in the afterlife.