Linus Galleries, Fine Art Gallery
2016 Artist Interview Series
Linus Galleries, a Los Angeles contemporary art gallery, presents The Artist Interview Series. Our Linus artists are from all over the world and come from a variety of different practices and backgrounds. Read on to gain insight into the creative process and personality of our featured artist. This week we feature artist Deprise Brescia who recently exhibited one of her pieces for our All in Due Time 2015 exhibition.
My name is Karen Kramer and I am an Watercolor Painter residing in Oakland California.
Please tell us your name, artistic practice of choice, and location in the world.
My Name is Deprise Brescia. I am a mixed media artist and my artistic practice of choice is digital art mixed with the encaustic medium. I am primarily based in California, splitting time between Paso Robles and Los Angeles.
Are you self taught or did you formally study art?
I am formally trained in the performing arts receiving a BA in Dance and Theater Arts from CSUC. My visual arts training comes from some private coaching, but is primarily self taught. My texture and collage work with semi precious stones in the encaustic medium is unique and completely self taught.
What did everyone else think you would be when you grew up?
What subject matter appears most in your artwork? What do you love about that subject? What do you dislike?
Love, spirituality and semi precious stones appear most in my work. The word “LOVE” appears most frequently. Many times it is not visible to the conscious mind, but the energy of the word is there. I merge science and spirituality into my work for the energetic properties they posses. The use of semi precious stones energizes and enhances the energy of the art. My intention is to create artwork for uplifting places and spaces by shifting energetic frequencies. That area of my work is based upon the Hado work of Dr Masaru Emoto, and positive words are used in almost all of my pieces. I love that that we can positively effect and affect our bodies and environments by surrounding ourselves with artwork that contains uplifting elements to entrain with. That power of choice is amazing and excites me. I dislike when people consciously or unconsciously choose things that make them feel badly.
What is difficult for you about your chosen medium?
My pieces are loaded with texture, so completely flat surfaces are rare. Traveling with multiple works has to be well planned out and in a somewhat controlled environment. Leaving the art in hot vehicles during summer heat waves does not work. The encaustic medium is an ancient art form using bees wax and damar resin to carry pigments and produces a unique finish unlike any other. It is beautiful, durable and delicate all at the same time. The encaustic medium melts at 150 degrees and solidifies at a temperature just below that. You need to heat the wax to work with it, but traveling long distances with multiple high texture pieces and shipping during heat waves can be challenging.
This is a hard choice for many visual artists, but what is the first answer that comes to mind when you think of your favorite color?
Bold, brilliant, shimmering blues. I love color in general, the more vivid and powerful the better. I love the way color activates the chakras.
7) Which artist living or dead would you want to have drink with and why?
Prince is a creative muse for me. He was a musical genius and spiritually conscious. Being around spiritual and conscious people / artists no matter their form of expression creates a dynamic synergy that feeds me.
8) Do you have any secret talents or party tricks unrelated to your art making?
I love to dance and meditate and not necessarily in that order.
What musical artist/band are you currently listening to when you are creating?
The Benedictine monks chanting and Mozart frequently play while I am working, especially during the burning in process with the wax. The book the Mozart effect had a powerful effect on some of my work.
10) What do you think the future of your medium will look like for other artists or as a whole?
I think people will begin to push the edges of the envelope as to what can be done with the encaustic medium, mixing it with other mediums, collaging, sculpting, carving, building and so on.
11) What type of art don’t you do but greatly admire?
12) What, in your opinion, is the hardest part in making art?
I think the hardest part in making art is getting out of your own way. Shutting the critical voices off and following the creative spirit. Following the love!
13) What drives you to create?
Something deep within me drives me to create. It is like breathing, I must do it to survive. This energy must be expressed or it will become self destructive. I have always been an artist since I was child. This creative energy continues to express itself in a variety of ways.
14) If you could go to any city or area to make art for a month, where would it be?
Paris or Florence
15) What is the most meaningful or surprising response someone has given to your art?
“Love it or not, it will draw you in. You cannot ignore it!”
16 ) Any parting advice for budding artists?
Follow your heart, believe in yourself and keep going!!!