The sculptures and installations I make are filtered through medicine, healing, and the hospital experience. Placed into a different context, intravenous line components, drain tubes, and electrodes are reconsidered. An investigation into the functions of the body, particularly the thoracic cavity, is apparent. Choosing to use these materials and to focus on this subject matter was inadvertent and came about when two family members were hospitalized multiple times. I began to make birds and nests from the medical supplies which were very present in my mind as I spent entire days in the hospital. They are made of synthetic materials and exist in a synthetic environment.
The work implies a series of contradictions, such as: nature and the synthetic world that sustains us, the natural resilience of the human body and the advanced medical technology we have come to rely on, fear and sweetness, and waste and the environment.
2009 Michelle Frick: Avian ICU. Three Rivers Gallery, Norwich, CT
2009 Michelle Frick: Arterial Nests. Bronx Blue Bedroom Project, Bronx, NY
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2012 Governors Island Art Fair. 4heads, New York, NY
2012 The Art of Science. WFG Gallery, Woodstock, NY
2012 sc-EYE-nce. Studio Place Arts, Barre, VT
2012 RE-MADE. BronxArtSpace, Bronx, NY
2010 Tales Gone in Flocks and Herds. Crossing Art, Queens, NY
2009 Anthem: an all-american dystopia. Longwood Arts Project, Bronx, NY
2009 SALVAGE: Recycle Reclaim. The Phillips Museum of Art, Lancaster, PA
2008 AIM28: How Soon is Now? The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY
2008 Response to Fear. Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY
2008 Artist in the Marketplace (AIM). The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY