Mortal coil is a poetic term that means the troubles of daily life and the strife and suffering of the world. It is used in the sense of a burden to be carried or abandoned, most famously in the phrase “shuffle[d] off this mortal coil” from the “To be, or not to be” monologue in Shakespeare‘s
“What dreames may come, When we haue shufflel’d off this mortall coile, Must giue vs pawse.” Shakespeare
Natural beeswax and the age of this book have given this piece it’s orange hue. The words have been removed with the wood burning tool leaving only a few choice words legible as they pertain to the education of girls.
The book was then put under a drill press to create the holes need to weave through the elastic rope. Elastic rope speaks to resilience, while the knob on the back side references winding up. As with elastic being able to resume its normal shape spontaneously after contraction, dilatation, or distortion; do they not say children are resilient? But are they?
The side view and spine, coated in black encaustic, of this piece is intriguing. It makes you want to wind up this piece to see what happens. Alas the knob and elastic rope are fixed as are many religious traditions.
Coil is a free standing encaustic sculpture. Artist signature and details are hand printed on the underside. Caring for this piece is simple dusting. Encasutic does not respond well to extreme fluctuations in temperature – Do not freeze or leave in a hot vehicle.