R&F Artist of the Month / meagan shein
Q & A with meagan shein & Gallery Director Laura Moriarty
LM: When I first saw your drawings in person, I assumed I knew how you made them, and then found out I was wrong, and that your process is actually quite unique. Would you mind describing this process for us?
MS: I have never had any teaching or formal instruction in encaustic. I started using encaustics around 1993. I found a few pages of instruction in “The Artist’s Handbook” and R&F Paints had a hand-out sheet at NY Central. I was looking for a way to “get under the surface” and wanted to explore layers in a way I couldn’t with oil paints. I continued to experiment through graduate school. I have painted on paper, Chinese silk, and finally the lightweight Asian papers I currently use. I paint on the paper with encaustic and beeswax and then re-melt it using the zinc plate and a paintbrush. The process is very physical and full of experimentation and chance accidents. Then I draw on the paper with pen and ink. The creation of the paper happens first, hanging on the wall until I know what image goes with it.
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