Possessing an innate empathic ability, the artist feels the suffering in the world on a very deep level, not only the suffering that we experience as humans, but also the suffering that the earth experiences on an environmental level.
As the human population grows, the environment is put under increasing amounts of strain, not only as a result of human consumption, but also through political change, war and technological advances.
We are living through a period where we are witnessing first-hand the effects of this strain upon the environment on a daily basis. There are definite links between the increase in the human population and the degradation of the environment we live in.
Recognizing the importance of recycling and reuse, the artist endeavours to create art that tells the story of the impact that these human, social, economic and environmental issues have on our lives.
Inspired by the post-modernist Activist artist, Ai Wei Wei, whose work, sometimes raises questions about materialism and the environment and also the artist Jenny Kendler who encourages us to explore our relationship with the natural world by creating links between nature and culture. Both these artists encourage us to open our eyes and look at the many issues in the world around us, issues that we experience not only as individuals but also as a collective population of people.
Using props, collage, sculpture, film and digital media, Michelle creates artwork that helps us to see the world from a place of empathy so that we might strive to make the small individual steps that contribute to the larger scale global efforts to care for the environment and to make the world a better place to live in.
“Unprecedented technological capabilities combined with unlimited human creativity have given us tremendous power to take on intractable problems like poverty, unemployment, disease, and environmental degradation. Our challenge is to translate this extraordinary potential into meaningful change.”