Using the constraints of domesticity, my work emerges at the intersection of art and everyday life. Through text, installation, and performance, I examine the distance between the numinous and the mundane, self and other.
Inspired by 17th Century tantric paintings, I use a typewriter to transcribe spiritual texts into contemplation forms. The mechanical up and down, left and right motion of the typewriter frames my interest in non-dualism. Practicing the ideals set out in texts, I playfully seek boredom and discomfort as opportunities for creative intervention. Through collaborations, I interrupt accepted stories and habits, often trying to embody the experience of another person.
Michelle is an interdisciplinary artist living in Washington DC. She received a MAT in Art from the Corcoran College of Art and Design and graduated from St. Mary’s College of Maryland in 2001 with a BA in Art and Art History (ART). For the past four years, Michelle has been a resident artist in motherhood. As an ARIM artist she has collected a year's worth of number 2 pencils from the playground, gone hunting with her father, and published The Bhagavad Gita Typestracts, the complete Bhagavad Gita written in visual form. She is a decorative painter, a certified yoga therapist, and a former DC Public School teacher. Michelle's work has been shown at Gradient Project Space in Thomas WV. She is the beneficiary of the 2011 McCarthy Tall Tales Prize, a geodesic dome owner, and spent her honeymoon hiking 1000 miles on the Continental Divide Trail.