Michele Thrane

Michele Thrane

Arlington Heights, IL


Michele Thrane grew up in Youngstown, Ohio, and has B.F.A. from Ohio State University and an M.S.W. from Temple University. She served as president of FUSEDChicago, a Midwest encaustic group, and exhibits regularly with them. She is also a member of the Water Street Studio Artist Collective, ArtMakers North and Chicago Sculpture International. She has participated in juried, curated, and invitational exhibits across the United States and has work is in private collections. She is represented by Atelier Newport, Newport, Rhode Island. Her studio is in the northwest Chicago suburbs.


Artist Statement

I am a printmaker and mixed media artist.  In my current work I use pigmented beeswax on a specialized heated aluminum plate to create my encaustic monotypes.    The monotypes are cut, and then the reconfigured puzzle-like pieces are “stitched” together with staples to create wall sculptures. 

I often feel that my works tell a story to which the viewer contributes. 

My work is influenced by my son’s work. He is an astrophysicist who studies gravitational waves and black holes at Monash University. My imaginary visions reflect my perceptions of his research, and the search for what is beyond what the eye can see.

Michele Thrane, Axion Clouds #23, 2023, Encaustic monotypes with staples mounted on wood, 23" x 35" x 2"