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Meet Marissa Baez

Today we’d like to introduce you to Marissa Baez.

Marissa, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I have been creating art ever since I was a child. I would paint and sketch often but I did not start making sculptures until fall 2017. I expressed interested in welding to my professor Tanya Synar at Texas Woman’s University, two or three weeks later, I became the student sculpture assistant. I welded my first sculpture in February 2018 using found objects. I enjoy welding very much, I find it to be very empowering. I recently graduated from Texas Woman’s University with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Sculpture. Starting in fall 2019, I will be pursuing a Masters of Fine Arts in Sculpture at Penn State University.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
There have been quite a few struggles I have faced starting at a young age. I use what I have experienced and intuitively project that into my artwork. My most recent series A Broken Home is an example.

Please tell us more about your artwork, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
A lot of my sculptures are created using found objects in combination with new materials. The new direction I work in involves quite a lot of experimentation. I am creating works outside of my comfort zone, and with each new work of art, I find new ways to use found objects.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I would have to say that I am lucky to have had a really good mentor. Tanya Synar has taught me quite a lot of things when it comes to working with various forms of sculpture. I had the opportunity to work as a woodshop monitor and sculpture student assistant. I would say hard work, passion and dedication play an important role in my career. There have been many late nights where I have spent welding to complete a sculpture.

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Image Credit:
The image of me welding was taken by Olivia Arratia. The image taken by my mother (Monica Deanda Baez) includes me holding the rose (personal photo) and of me pouring metal. The rest of the images were taken by me.

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