Michelle Carlson artwork currently at 20 North Gallery
For purchase inquiries, please contact 20 North Gallery:
419-241-2400 or email@example.com
Michelle Carlson grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. She received her B.F.A. in Printmaking and Photography from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois and her M.F.A. specializing in Printmaking at Bowling Green State University (Ohio). Her artwork primarily uses the media of printmaking, photography, bookmaking and installation. Her artwork explores human interaction and relationships through varying imagery—most often influenced by organic, natural forms. For many years, Carlson served as the Programs Coordinator at The Arts Commission (Toledo, Ohio) coordinating programs that benefit local artists of all ages, including youth. She also enjoys teaching youth and mentoring emerging artists in a community setting, having partnered separately with the YWCA, the Juvenile Court and the Toledo Museum of Art in the form of hands-on workshops. These sessions aim to introduce the media of silkscreen printmaking and provide an outlet for personal self-expression for 10-18 year olds. Ms. Carlson has also taught as an adjunct art instructor at Owens Community College (Perrysburg, Ohio), Bowling Green State University and The University of Toledo (Ohio).
My work explores an interest in the interaction between the micro and the macro in organic life, as it is symbolic of the social relationships between humans. I create organic forms—inspired by wounds, microorganisms, and organ systems—to co-habitate in one composition, so that I may explore the concepts of nurturing dependency and parasitic existence evident in relationships. The use of rich color and texture embeds these necessary and tragic relationships with a delicate, alluring tenderness.
More recently, I have stepped back from biomorphic abstraction, to inspect the variety of form and complexity of relationships in animal and plant life. The various types of animals and vegetation and their contrast combined with their connection to one another is both an inspiration and another type of subject matter for my exploration of human relationships.
Previous 20 North Gallery exhibitions including artwork by Michelle Carlson
- ARToledo 2008: June 21 – July 27, 2008. Click to view exhibit postcard.
- 20 North/20 Years: April 20 – May 26, 2012. Click to view exhibit postcard.
- Art for All Souls: November 2 – January 12, 2013. Click to view exhibit postcard.
- Luminosity: April 7 – June 30, 2017. Click to view exhibit page.