Michael is self taught considering himself to be primarily a regional artist. His subjects tend to reflect on the cultural history of the Midwest with a comedic bend. He has been experimenting with mold-making for several years, primarily casting in wax and creating work using multiples and repetition. Each work explores the significance of number, color, and form upon cognitive and emotional experience. Many of his installations are ironic commentaries on taxonomies; the wax typically being salvaged and reprocessed into new works. Much of his imagery is derived from the minutiae of childhood that holds personal meaning or cultural significance. The tactile nature of the work as well as the associated smell of the crayon that is used as the coloring agent has had an alluring effect on the viewer. He currently resides in the beach town of Grand Haven with a studio in Grand Rapids.
Michael's ArtPrize Entries
These are Michael's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
Michael's Past Work
These are images of past work that Michael has done.