Michelle is an artist living and working in Brighton with strong links to East Anglia. Growing up in Suffolk and spending childhood holidays in the bleak, flat fens of Norfolk, Michelle says her recent work is:
"an exploration in nostalgia and related concepts of belonging and alienation. The balancing and integration of different forces are part of an active intent behind my practice. For me, the desolate and barren terrain signifies familiarity, calm and emptiness whilst also tapping into my adult sense of displacement from the region.
Drawing upon my study of visual culture I deliberately locate my work in the pared down abstract genre. The work is redolent of the Abstract Expressionists and the St Ives painters of the 1950s. I aspire to capture something of the mood and energy which this period evokes for me. My paintings are many layered and the final composition often conceals a more chaotic interior. To get there I explore the relationship between scale and colour, the contrasts between quietness and intensity, and the shifting borderlines between vigour and serenity."
Michelle studied visual culture and fine art at the University of Brighton.
Michelle has exhibited widely in solo and group shows around Brighton and Sussex, including a solo show at the 35 North gallery and Phoenix studios in Brighton, the Foundry gallery in Lewes, and the Towner gallery in Eastbourne. Michelle also shows in London at the Affordable Art Fair in Battersea and with London galleries.
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