Ceremoniously Dangerous Pleasures

This is an encaustic mixed media piece including; encaustic painting, collage, acrylic, photography, digital art underlay. 12" x 36" x 2". It depicts the lavish adornment of flowers typical of a Hindu wedding ceremony. The tuberose is a flower used here and known as the forbidden or dangerous pleasure, as it is considered an aphrodisiac and a dangerous flower for young women to be seduced with. Dowry killings are a dangerous fate for some women in India, making the pleasure of marriage a potentially dangerous ceremony.  This piece was created to make a statement, "The time has come to abolish dowry killings, enforce a positive step in the right direction and begin a new tradition of honoring woman as givers of life"