Inside the Artists Studio with Constance Mauro: Celtic Impression by Three

Studio view. "Working at The Press"

Studio view. “Working at The Press”

I was born and raised in Rochester NY and spent my childhood in the suburb of Wester. I attended Nazareth College and received a degree in studio art with a minor in Psychology. I then worked briefly in a retail buying office after which I retuned to school to earn my teaching certification. In retrosecpt, this was not the best decision since schools were making cut backs in arts programs. Taking a totally different path, I became the Executive Director of a Labor Management group. I am currently focusing on making art in my studio in The Hungerford Building.

Birches (monoprint)

Birches (monoprint)

I began making art as a child, greatly influenced by my Grandmother, an oil painter.  I recall helping at the Clothesline Arts Festival at the MAG when work was literally hung on clotheslines.  My family has always supported my interest in art, and they sent me to art camp during school breaks.

At Nazareth College my main focus was photography and printmaking.

Although I have always had a studio space in my home.  In 1990  I became serious about my art and returned to classes to hone my drawing skills.  At RIT I persued printmaking with a focus on monoprint.

O'Brian's Co. Galway (pencil drawing)

O’Brian’s Co. Galway (pencil drawing)

Monoprints are created by appling thin layers of ink (Akua Kolor) to a plexiglass plate. One color is applied at a time. Areas of the plate are blocked out using textures, ripped paper, or stencils. The image is then transfered to paper using an etching press. This allows me to retain white space and preserve color later in the process. Images evolve with each application of color. I don’t work from drawings or photographs. I let the work lead me. Because of this, creating a body of work with specific themes is a challenge.

Eclipses (encaustic)

Eclipses (encaustic)

I have recently taken an interest in encaustic painting. The images are created on birch substrates using hot wax.  Elements of collage and transfers are incorporated into the images.

You can see more of Constance’s work online at Stop by Main Street Arts to see her encaustics and prints in our current exhibition, “Celtic Impressions by Three: Seen and Unseen Ireland“.

Take a look at our previous Inside the Artist’s Studio blog post by printmaker Elizabeth Durand.

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