Oil on board, framed. 430 x 320mm
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Born in Sydney, New South Wales. Diploma in Fine Art, Gymea TAFE 1980 to 1982 followed by two years full-time study at Canberra School of Art 1983 to 1984. Recipient of the Pat Corrigan Artists Grant in 1992 and 2003. In 1997 Michelle was awarded a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New South Wales, majoring in philosophy. Michelle has regularly exhibited in Newcastle since 2000.
“My practice is largely concerned with questions of the imagined self and what constitutes memories of self. Portraiture, abstraction, reinvention, identity and nature all inform my drawings and paintings. A thematic question recurrent in my practice is, ‘If I could invent myself what would I look like'? I study natural forms that suggest anthropomorphism and use these in my work by transforming them into a 'new form' that becomes the invented self. I track my emotional response to site, place and self through drawings, collage, and paintings. My organic, hybrid, symbolic portraits and abstractions are both a reflection of myself and nature as I see it. It is as if nature collaborates in the creation of these images. In this way nature seems to have its own identity and looks back at me as I see metaphors for myself there in my observations.”