artist statement

michelle andres

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Art has the ability to empower us, comfort us, inspire us and remind us. Non-representational  abstract work does not so much tell a story to us; it helps us recall our own stories. It has the ability to reach deep into our psyche and extract specific experiences, feelings and times in our lives. Art speaks to different people in so many different ways – each from their own, unique, personal experiences. I’m honored to have the privilege to witness these stories and tread that sacred ground.

My work, which is largely abstract, draws from my writing. The prose and poetry I produce explore the human experience and our freedom to create who we wish to be in our precious encounter with life. My topics spring from an inner landscape and tease apart the thread of our common, often imperfect, beliefs and behaviours.

I work with paint, inks, graphite and words. Colour sets the tone of a painting. Once the palette is decided, I focus on exploring line and space through layers of paint and mark making, often building multiple layers into one piece of art. Many works are rich in symbolism. Sometimes, I use resin as part of my finishing process. I usually paint in series of related work and when I share it, it is with the intention of nourishing the viewer and examining the common thread of our humanity.

 

artist bio-

Michelle Andres unleashed her inner artist after a single, life changingwww.michelleandres.com realization. Encouraged by practical parents to pursue a “traditional career path” Michelle received her B.A. in Psychology and her M.S. in Organization Development prior to claiming life as a full time artist. Mired in corporate work she found unfulfilling, a dark night in a bookstore parking lot turned on her personal light. She realized life is a limited engagement, and stepped into her natural tendencies to create, through the mediums of painting and writing in an effort to honor the natural path that called to her.

In her artwork, Michelle explores topics similar to the ones she worked with in her role to develop high functioning leaders. Being introspective, she explores our relationships to ourselves, and one another. Her work touches on the resiliency of the human spirit and our often, awkward recovery and acceptance when driven by our foibles. She touches on topics of forgiveness, imperfection, worthiness, interconnectedness and creating joy in the lives we were meant to live.

Michelle studied at the Institute of Mosaic Art in Oakland, CA, as well as with renowned International painters including Heather Wilcoxon, Robert Burridge, Pat Lambrecht-Hould, Katherine Chang –Liu, Topher Schinck and Skip Lawrence. Her work has been exhibited in galleries in California and Arizona. Her award winning painting, “Kites” placed third among over 1800 submitted entries in the prestigious 2014 Crocker-Kingsley Art Competition juried by Gregory Kondos. “Kites” has also been displayed in the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, CA.

 

Michelle Andres keeps art studios in Sedona, Arizona and Northern California. Studio visits are available by appointment.

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