Marcia Miele Branca
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What are you working on right now?
I am creating prints using pigmented wax and paper. Here is a description of my process.
I work on a heated palette. The pigmented wax comes in a solid state, but when it hits the palette, it melts. I then manipulate it with various tools, hand made stamps and stencils, to create unique textural surfaces. Next I place paper over the created image and transfer it from the hot palette to paper with the use of barrens for pressure. Thus, the print is born. I can then build up layers of color by further printing on the front and back of the paper. Handmade rice paper, that possess a translucent quality, works well. I experiment with many types of paper and surfaces to see how the hot wax reacts. Encaustic printmaking is a learning experience with surprising results.
I also work with oil paint and cold wax medium, a more direct approach to art making. These two ingredients are mixed together and applied to a ground using brushes, brayers, squeegees, and other tools. Visual information is added in layers. Then I go into the painting and scrape away areas to reveal what is underneath. Truly a "wax on/wax off" process.
What would you like to say about Manufacturers Village Artist Community?
Working with and among other artists sparks my creativity. Manufacturers Village is a community that provides support for my work as well as an avenue for public exposure. My fellow artists are professional and add to the energy of the village making it a vibrant arts community.
What's next for you?
I am planning to attend the 14th International Encaustic Conference in Provincetown, Massachusetts, scheduled for June, 2021. It is a great networking event where artists share their ideas and experiences with each other. I am fortunate to have received a scholarship to attend next year's event. I look forward to it.