Michele currently lives in Connecticut, her home state, after spending many years living in New York City. She received her BFA at St. Lawrence University and continued her education in New York, taking classes at The School of Visual Arts, among other institutions, while working in development for non-profit organizations. In 2018, Michele decided to leave the routine of a 9 to 5 job to devote her career and life to her art. Michele has exhibited in numerous group exhibitions, as well as The Other Art Fair, sponsored by Saatchi Art. She received “Best In Show” at the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, CT in 2019, and had a solo exhibition at the Mattatuck Museum that year. She moved to Connecticut in the spring of 2021 for a change of perspective and to cultivate her relationship with nature.
About My Work:
The main subjects in my paintings are primarily women because that is who I best relate to. These women project a strong confidence: they are comfortable with the exposure of their bodies and serene in their aloneness. Yet, there is also unsettledness. The scenes have an enigmatic quality, leaving a sense of mystery and also a sense of longing; while there is sometimes a layering of figures, there is a purposeful emptiness that draws you in and leaves you with a curiosity about your own discomfort.
I am often struck by an awareness of my own detachment and isolation, even in situations where other people surround me. It is a common thread of humanity in the world we live in today. We long for deep connection to others, and societal norms dictate that we should all have that connection, but actually being alone can often feel the most satisfying and comfortable. Does this mean that we fully embrace our individuality and answer to no one but ourselves, or does it meant that we are afraid to get close to people, be vulnerable and reveal our true selves? I am exploring my own struggle with detachment through my work, which changes and evolves as I grapple with these issues in my life.