Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Michelle Moode

Michelle Moode's art work is intricate, complex and densely layered (while retaining subtlety) in a way that really reminds me of my favorite artist Anselm Kiefer... Michelle's work is definitely infused with an effervescent spirit that Kiefer's dark work often lacks --- but I see parallels in the cataloging and recording of memory.

And that's what I am most drawn to in Michelle's work --- the manifestation of thoughts/memory. The way Michelle describes her work & process is that through the repetitive nature of practises like sewing --- her mind wanders while creating the pieces --- thus the art resulting at the end of the process is a memory record. An imprint of a personal timeline.
Michelle uses all manner of objects and elements of process to create her art --- tea & wine stains, the tea bags themselves --- ink, embroidery, typography, colored pencil --- etching, transfers, hand stitching...

Michelle's master thesis is then like a grandly detailed museum of memory --- full of 'historical' objects --- flotsam and jetsam of the wandering mind and personal history... I love it and I wish I could have seen it in person...

Pieces of the Universe

[all work and images belong to Michelle Moode, via her Etsy shop & Flickr photostream]

You should visit Michelle's blog --- and definitely go see the rest of her work available in her Etsy shop...


Michelle C. Moode said...

thank you for the feature!
best, Michelle.


LethaColleen said...

Your work is amazing Michelle - if you/your work is ever in the Seattle area --- please let me know, I'd love to see it in person!