A large part of my portfolio explores the compartmentalized preservation of Nature and the process of Entropy. Since October of 2011 I have been working as the Artist in Residence at the Hudson Guild in Chelsea. On April 19 I opened with "Drawing Roots" in the Fulton Center’s Guild Gallery II on view until June 12. The exhibit is of a new series of hand made paper drawings produced by planting flax seeds in recycled linen pulp that sprout as if in soil. As the seedlings grow above, their roots migrate below, etching their way into the paper creating a network of spidery lines reminiscent of neurons caught in the process of transmitting information. Drying the paper out captures this form of mark making, producing an improvisational set of drawings representative of a moment caught in time. The metaphor behind a medium giving birth to itself illustrates the intricacies of maintaining sustainable practices and how everything is cyclical.
Since receiving a BA from Sarah Lawrence College in 1989 and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1994, I have had person shows at the Atelier-galeried’Art Contemporain:France; Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporaneo:Costa Rica; Dina4 Projekte:Germany; Temple Judea Museum:PA; as well as Chashama, Littlejohn Contemporary, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and the Lower East Side Tenement Museum in NYC. Prominent group shows include "Material Terrain," "Green" at the Textile Museum and Artist to Artist at Ace in NYC. I have received grants from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, LMCC, Pollock/Krasner, NYFA, and NYSCA. I was awarded Best 3-D Entry at Art Prize 2011 in MI, and have had residencies at Skowhegan, the Headlands Center for the Arts, Ox-Bow and the Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation.
I have also completed two works of public art in NYC for the MTA and the DOE's Public Art for Public Schools program. www.michelebrody.com.