LIVES AND WORKS
LIVES AND WORKS
DATE OF BIRTH
Michelle J Kowalczyk is an artist filled with contradictions both personally and in her arts practice. Her social skills serve her well when it comes to teaching and running artists workshops, which she enjoys greatly and utilizes her Masters of Teaching to effectively impart her skills and knowledge to others. Always a planner, she makes her own worksheets and lessons from scratch so that her skills and knowledge is accessible to anyone she teaches. Her anti-social side however, makes her camera shy and more than happy to paint in her studio for weeks or months at a time, which is lucky because her overly ambitious imagination makes for complex and often difficult technical projects. Always the perfectionist, her works contain an almost obsessive attention to detail, whether that's in materials or painting composition.
Many of her artworks are more than what initially meets the observer's eye. From first glance, they appear pretty and simplistic in concept with vibrant tones and bold imagery that often reflects symmetry and pleasing aesthetics. Even her abstracts with all their colours and designs are oddly symmetrical with their highly detailed blends of colour. Still, like the artist herself, Michelle's artwork is a contradiction to its pretty exterior. On closer inspection, or occasionally with the lights out, her paintings reflect an eerie darker reality that is often confirmed in the form of short stories. Beyond the bright happy pretty exterior the short stories are negative contradictions to the pretty paintings and occasionally the fine details hint at those stories. A darker mind lurks beneath the surface and sometimes, lighting or glow in the dark details bring that darkness to the forefront.
It's these contradictions and dedication to detail that make her artworks complete and Michelle is never afraid to experiment or learn new skills in her obsessive need to remove the limitations on her subject matter. Even though it's time consuming Michelle experiments with new materials and art processes from 3D Printing and Design, lead lighting, textiles and oil painting, there's always something with a twist in her art studio. Unfortunately, the time consuming process of experimentation that fuels her ambition and need to constantly expand on her technique and materials means that each artwork takes time to produce. Her larger artworks can take up to 2000 hours to complete and that is not at all conducive to creating an exhibiting CV. It also doesn't help that she is a perfectionist and until a few years ago failed to show most of the work she created because her technical skills weren't up to the standard she expected of herself for exhibitions. Luckily, she's overcome her technical shortcomings and is continuously producing quality work that has been shown and sold at multiple group shows.
Michelle's artistic status remains emerging as she has yet to have a solo exhibition, however, her artistic pursuits are a main focus in her life and she maintains that she is a professional artist. When you spend no less than 40 hours a week in an art studio and every possible dollar on art supplies, there is no doubt that Michelle is a passionate if not slightly obsessive artist. Her life is focused on painting and regardless of whether it takes a year or three to create an artwork, she remains dedicated to one day creating a masterpiece that will affect her audience for all of time.
WHO I AM
A dichotomy of social, anti-social, complex, simple, positive & negative. A contradiction.
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