Colour and simplicity are at the heart of Michelle’s practice. She seeks to create an equilibrium of serenity and vigor in her paintings, and aims to make pictures that appear simple and uncluttered.
Subjective experience – the creation of a piece of work, the viewing of it, and the relationship between perceiver and perceived – interests her. As does the fluid experience of seeing: the viewer’s gaze naturally moves from one form to another. She states ‘We don’t look at things in isolation; we look at things in relation to things.
This spontaneous perceptual process, which is constantly updating itself in response to changing conditions, is something I invite the viewer to become aware of.’
The idea of connective awareness – seeing things in relation to things – point to the traditional definition of ‘mindfulness’ as an alert, receptive awareness that brings a quality of breadth to experience. As John Berger puts it, “Our vision is continually active, continually moving, continually holding things in a circle around itself, constituting what is present to us as we are.”