“Frozen , Floating”- Michelle Artist in Residence
During my second and third months at the BoxJelly my plans have materialized and I’m moving full-speed ahead. Supplies are being prepared and the forms are taking shape. BoxJelly’s co-working and exhibit spaces are being scrutinized so the artwork can match the proportions and functionality of the layout.
I initially thought my project would have me working with wool and creating forms with novel approaches, but that plan has been modified for the sake of other explorations. For some years I have felt the urge to let go of some principles of science illustration, to experiment with looser interpretations of ideas, and I decided to answer that call during this program. The materials I’m using are familiar to me but some aspects include exciting departures from my previous works.
This new body of work will include 3D and 2D works with metals. I’m sticking with the sculptural knit stitches I know and love, this time using them to depict elements of my experience scuba diving under Antarctic sea ice. A series of small multiples are being created and will interact with a singular large piece, built to scale, representing a certain feature of the diving environment I want people be able to visualize.
The second component of my project is a series of metalpoint drawings, a medium rarely used in modern times but something I have been exploring for the past two years. These drawings are guided by the self-imposed directive #ifitmakesamarkdrawwithit (examples can be found through that Instagram hashtag) whereby I test various metals to see if they can function as drawing implements. More small multiples are being made in this manner, demonstrating my experiments and sharing what I saw underwater during these extreme dives. Mark your calendar for the following upcoming events at BoxJelly. The “Artist in Residence Conversation” will be Friday May 18 at 6pm when I will share some of my background and discuss this new body of work. Special guest will be my dive buddy Kirsten Carlson, joining me to talk story about our experiences in Antarctica!
The previous Artist in Residence exhibition “Mother” by Nanci Amaka is currently still up at The BoxJelly. The closing party will be on Friday June 29th at 6pm. Also join us for the opening reception of my exhibition “Frozen, Floating” on June 14th at 6pm.