is a very smooth, warming material with a pleasant colour and smell. beeswax is produced by the female honeybee. it is secreted from its wax glands. the yellow of the wax has a warm radiation and it gives the linen artwork a haptic structured surface. the wax bonds with the materials in various ways differing in strength, whereby transparency is created.
the meaning of the Germanic expression vaks, from which our modern word derives, is not known. however, the word may also derive from the Old High German wahs (=comb, weave); this could signify that the word was first and foremost used in relation with beeswax. the greek word keros does not only mean wax, but also fate and death; the root “ker” means soul, heart and life, and is contained in the german word kerze. in arabic, wax is called mumhjah, which is also used to describe an embalmed, lifeless body.
beeswax is, from a cultural-historical standpoint, the most important type of wax and the most commonly used wax derived from animals. the word wax, for centuries, has been used to refer to beeswax.
the works of photography vary: some are used as individual photographs, others are transferred onto a different background and then coated with wax. other photographs were developed in B/W laboratories as baryte prints and then coated with wax, there are prints on perspex and fine art prints on handmade paper.