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Saturday, February 13, 2010
Trepidation is captured with a foreboding angle of the Sacre-Coeur Basilica in Paris with its wrought iron fence and looming height. The title came to me immediately when I started working with this image that I had taken in France a few years ago. It illuminated a feeling of unease and intimidation. To further reinforce this feeling, I overlayed a photo of trees I had taken in Michigan. Not only do I love the beauty and metaphoric imagery of trees in my own work, they also have great religious symbolism, representing the Tree of Life, central to Adam & Eve's 'Fall,' and as a symbol foreshadowing Christ's crucifixion. For this reason I placed a tree in the entryway to echo its importance and centrality.
This piece was part of 2nd April galerie's Fibernation show and was also exhibited at the Fiber577 invitational show and the Angelwood Gallery.
Art has become a meaningful way for me to process and explore the complexities of life in tandem with living it. I am committed to creating and exhibiting my artwork, which has been exhibited in various regional and national venues. My current work incorporates my photography into a variety of different media. I often integrate layers into my work to create juxtapositions conveying visual and conceptual depth. Recurring themes in my work include the transience of life in time, as well as exploring diverse natural, cultural, and architectural spaces. As a result, I find travel to be amazingly inspiring as it offers me the opportunity to find new imagery and metaphors for my work.
Visit my website at michelewaalkes.com or my studio on the main floor of 2nd April galerie and Studios, 324 Cleveland Ave. NW, Canton, OH 44702