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Maria Merian (1647-1719) and more art by Renee Magnanti

Maria Merian (1647-1719), 2020
8.5 x 31 inch (h x w)
intaglio with hand coloring and paper yarn weaving

This piece celebrates Merian (1647-1719) who was an entomologist and artist. She traveled to South America from Europe for research and discovered that caterpillars turn into butterflies.
The flower in the center design is taken from one of her drawings and the lace pattern is from lace made in Germany in the late 1600s. I also created a hand colored intaglio that is similar to the carved encaustic.

Renee Magnanti received her BFA in Fine Arts from SUNY at Buffalo and her MFA from Tulane University. She lives and works in New York City and has shown her work there, in the US, Europe and Asia, in museums, universities and private galleries. She is the recipient of several awards and grants including the Rumsey Traveling Fellowship from SUNY Buffalo, The Creative Artist’s Program grant from the New York State Council on the Arts and a Textile Society of America conference scholarship for Textiles Close Up: Indonesia at the Yale University Art Gallery.
Her current work in encaustic, prints and print weaving is inspired by world textiles and often incorporates text in the image. She is known for her singular technique of carving in encaustic as well as her distinctive approach of combining prints with weaving. Her work is in the collections of the Art in Embassies Program (US Embassy in Burma), Amarillo Museum of Art; Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University; National Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria; Sanbao Ceramic Institute, Jingdezhen, China; Museum of Contemporary Art of Crete, Rethymno, Crete, Greece; and The Goethe House, Thessaloniki, Greece.

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