Michelle is a Sydney based Visual Artist who practices and instructs across a range of media and related Art Theory. She has been subleasing a studio space in the Headland Artist precinct at Middle Head and is very excited to move into the new Alfred St Studios in the old Milson Pt Bowling Club buildings in late May for an extended period. The Body of Work completed within this Residency will be on display in the North Sydney Council Chamber’s inTransit Art Space from 31st March to 4th May 2021.
Although initially a printmaker, she has become immersed in her painting practice and has a number of works in private collections acquired through both exhibitions and commissions.
Michelle enjoyed a very successful joint exhibition with Deidhre Wauchop in May 2019 in the Creative Space in Abbott Rd , Curl Curl. Deidhre and Michelle were high school buddies and reunited after substantial careers in the Visual and Performing Arts. They entitled their venture “D & M’s High School Reunion ” representing concepts of SPIN and ICONIC respectively.
Michelle was recently included in the Artists of Mosman 2088 exhibition at the Mosman Art Gallery in February 2020. This is open to both Friends of the Gallery as well as artists of the area. She was also a finalist in the Northern Beaches Art Prize 2019, Artisans in the Garden 2019 in the Sydney Botanic Gardens and the Mosman Art Prize 2018 as well as taking on numerous commissions and consignments.
She is currently included in the exhibiting artists of “Cultivate” to take place in the Lion Gate Lodge in the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney in October 2020 .
While much of Michelle’s earlier work reflected her love of the Northern Beaches she also has recurring motifs of rooftops, facades, shadows and wider ranging places, objects and beings of significance. One of her current series explores aspects of Carnival and Funfair imagery as well as other iconic subject matter. She is also revisiting portraiture and undertaking her first Archibald Prize entry this year.
Michelle finds much inspiration in the works of Edward Hopper who stated “what I wanted to do was paint sunlight on the side of the house “. She finds enormous beauty in the light and angles of the everyday, what the Japanese would call wabi sabi and ichi-go ichi-ne.