Space Between Words
Installation & Exhibition
15 - 30 April 2023
Wednesday - Sunday 9am - 3pm
closed Monday and Tuesday
Following stories, mapping found treasures and meeting at crossroads.……..I find eventually, everything connects.
This mixed media exhibition is a result of my 10 month artist residency at The Churn Room in the beautiful small village of Dayboro, nestled in the outskirts of Brisbane.
The exhibition highlights the connections made through gentle observations of other artists that have crossed my path during the residency, retailers in the community, the quiet conversations that members of the Dayboro community have shared with me, and the space itself, which was once the Dayboro Butter Factory.
It is the story of nature and how everything returns to the earth eventually, regardless of careful preservation.
All works are based on my love of nature. Locally found seed pods, foraged leaves and tree bark, various weeds and flowers which line the footpaths of Dayboro village, are all highlighted on vintage pianola rolls through a series of intimate drawings.
Fabrics, thread and ceramics dyed with local leaves, small lino prints on traditional handmade Japanese paper and found feathers, cyanotype capturing foraged weeds and borrowed flowers, mixed media artworks and small artist books in vintage containers from the era of when the Dayboro Butter Factory was built.
“For me, art is definitely a passion – one that I continue to pursue, examine and reflect upon.
Aspects of my immediate environment, personal views and experiences in life influence my work.
I attribute much of my success and continued exploration as an artist to renown Queensland artist, the late Clem Forbes, my mentor and friend for ten years.”
Dr John Rigby, Ian Smith and print maker Glen Skien helped Michelle build on her foundations of creativity.
Her work is represented in Mackay Business Corporations, The QANTAS Lounge Mackay, Mackay Sister City Matsurra Japan and private collections both in Australia and Overseas.
This is Michelle’s first exhibition after a 15 year break of exhibiting.