My name is Renee Michaud, I am a mixed media artist specializing in collage living in the beautiful Upper Peninsula of Michigan. My family and I make our home just outside of the small town of Ishpeming enjoying the pleasures of a "Yooper's" life. I earned a degree in art education from Michigan State University in 1976. My area of emphasis while at State was printmaking, which lends itself well to the layering techniques in my collages. Each of my collages invites the viewer to come close and explore the images and stories represented . My collages involve a multitude of mixed media resources including paper that I have created or found, fabrics, threads (usually old authentic collections) acrylic paints, inks, pastels, old photos, found objects and plasters. The list is endless. I basically up cycle the world around me using what I have found to build my compositions layer by layer. It is the mystery of the "underneath".... the layering that allows the storytelling to emerge. By building up the surface areas the collages are no longer flat two dimensional pieces, but are sculpted and rise from the support giving texture and depth to each creation allowing a 2D work to take on a 3D effect. I greatly admire the work of the Impressionists and am influenced by the artists of that Period. However, I find myself inspired by many forms of art and seek to learn more about the fascinating works of artists of varied disciplines past and present. I enjoy the process of discovering the unique qualities of their pieces while juxtaposing their works against the background of their cultures and times worked in. Art history is a fascinating prospective on the world and is of great interest to me. As an artist and educator I find great pleasure in supporting other artists and teaching individuals within the community. The diverse needs of wide eyed four year olds versus the mature adult gives me the opportunity to stretch my knowledge and techniques strengthening my own artistry. The journey of learning and creating should never cease and I am amazed at the talent that surrounds us and delight in being part of that world. Art plays many roles in our lives, but I believe one of is greatest gifts is to bring joy and beauty to the viewer, coaxing a smile, laugh or sigh as you gaze upon the piece before you. It is my earnest hope that the imagery I create brings the public to a greater appreciation and understanding of the world around them.
Renee's ArtPrize Entries
These are Renee's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.