As a Michigan-based mosaic artist, I am inspired and motivated by the beauty and complexity of my surroundings. My recent works explore themes of identity, sense of place and spirituality. I believe art has the power to heal the soul. It can connect us to a meaningful place, and to one another. The mosaic I have submitted to Art Prize, “Blue Heron,” is part of my series “Reflections and Transparencies.” This series consists of evocative, Michigan-based landscapes and still life works. It represents my strong connection to our state and serves as a metaphor for personal reflections. Works like this one express my fascination with reflected, iridized and ultra-violet light. When I approach a new mosaic, I choose from an array of specialized glass which are cut and placed at precise angles to capture light from any one of five directions. Inspired by travels to Italy and the master works of Michelangelo, I enjoy working with angled surfaces to capture light and create movement. Look closely and you’ll see how “Blue Heron” appears to move and change colors as light fluctuates from many directions throughout the day. I precisely cut glass pieces to fit against one another and eliminate grout between the glass - a concept that can be described as painting with glass. This technique enhances the flow of colors and creates a rich palate and a sense of depth for the work itself. Often evoking strong emotions, my mosaics have been described as having an ethereal and painterly quality. I began my career as a painter and have pursued art personally and professionally for many years. I earned my bachelor of art degree from the University of Michigan, trained with art masters and have taken art classes throughout the world. I have been teaching art for the past 40 years. I am an active member of Society of American Mosaic Artists, Mosaic Artists of Michigan, Embrace Creatives and Detroit Fine Artists Breakfast Club. Currently my work has been featured in the Mosaic Arts International show, sponsored by the Society of American Mosaic Artists and considered to be the premier mosaic art competition in the U.S. I was also honored to be among winners of the 2020 Canvas Pontiac competition, which is sponsored by the Detroit Institute of Arts. A large-scale replica of a mosaic from my “I am Yemenite” series is currently displayed in downtown Pontiac. You can also find my mosaics in northern Michigan at Leland’s Main Street Gallery and Elk Rapids’ Twisted Fish Gallery. I am continually thinking about how I can translate my experiences into art. I enjoy sharing my work with others and am so pleased to be considered for Art Prize 2021. Find my work or learn more at https://www.michellesstudio.com.
michelle's ArtPrize Entries
These are michelle's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
michelle's Past Work
These are images of past work that michelle has done.