Transatlantic Fusing 2021

 In Exhibitions and Events - Current and Upcoming

I am very excited to be involved with a project including 30 New England Wax and 27 European Encaustic Artists, called Transatlantic Fusing 21.

Transatlantic Fusing 21 are teaming up to collaborate and inspire each other. The final project will consist of a series of diptych artworks, where each artist generates a work for their partner, and then in turn creates a second work that responds to their partner’s piece. These resulting pairs will be displayed side-by-side, as a unified work made from two halves. The combined collection of all diptychs will be exhibited virtually, formatted as book that can be purchased, and offered to galleries in the US and Europe.

We had a first meeting back at the beginning of March 21, where names were pulled from a hat to determine who was working with who, it was a great meeting, and so inspiring to be on a call with like minded encaustic artists, we are a rare breed…!

I was so delighted to be teamed up with Stephanie Roberts-Camello… I have admired her encaustic relief work for many years, so was over the moon when her name was drawn with mine.

Anyhow, that planning stage back in March is where the project started to hit some stumbling blocks, it was agreed we work in particular set sizes, using Ampersand EncausticBord… all good in theory, but this was where the availability of these products in Europe really started to show the cracks.

Sizes weren’t available in all countries, there were not enough boards for all 27 European Artists from any one supplier, etc. etc. etc. After countless calls and head scratching, the US and EU committees went away to come up with a solution, they arranged an order direct from Ampersand to be flown into Germany, then distributed to various locations from there…  All artists now have their boards to start working on, which took up to 8-9 weeks… it really highlighted some of the challenges that Encaustic Artists face in Europe!

So back to my pairing… I had a great Zoom call with Stephanie… it’s like having a modern day American pen friend… (remember those?!!)   So inspiring to sit, talk encaustic, have a tour of each others studios, find out more about what inspires us…  I came away buzzing….

I created a smaller test piece to check that my ideas work, before jumping onto my first board…  I used this technique where I allow layers created underneath to show through…

Here’s my first piece for Stephanie to respond to…

The project progresses with all artists having completed their second works by the end of August, with plans for a virtual exhibition and e-book in November 2021.  I can’t wait to see how it all unfolds!

[To learn how to paint with wax, check out my resources here.]


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