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.
Speculation was created with an image I took of Lake Macatawa in Holland, Michigan while on a walk to the beach in the winter. I overlayed a photo of steps leading up from the beach, taken during the summer. I liked the juxtaposition of two different seasons and viewpoints, seeing across the lake and not being able to visualize the destination at the end of the steps.
This piece is was on exhibit at 2nd April galerie in Canton, OH as part of the Fibernation exhibit.
Elements of Time: Water, Fire, Air, & Earth is a series that I created a couple of years ago when I was playing more with surface design on fibers. My goal was to have the pieces work together to visualize balance in a cumulative way with the parameter of using the elements. The composition of the hourglass is quite angled in the first (Water). In each successive piece, the hourglass slowly becomes more balanced-though never completely.
These pieces were recently included in the Fibernation exhibit at 2nd April galerie.
Fibernation is a fibers exhibit that I recently guest curated at 2nd April galerie. It has a diverse sampling of eleven Northeast Ohio fiber artists. The work is nontraditional and intriguing, pushing the fibers media in different ways. Buzzbin Magazine wrote a nice article about the exhibition. Check out the article...and check out the exhibition At 2nd April galerie until March 6!
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