Inspired by the loss of both my parents within a span of two months, this series has been a meditation on my own preparation for death. I’m driven by quiet introspection and moments of absorption, which enable respite from consciousness. My camera enables an alchemical dance between intentionality and spontaneity—a place between earth and air where flow, peace and transcendence compassionately hold pain and ambiguity.
Michelle graduated with honors in English from Duke University and received her Masters in Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts. Her fine art photography has been exhibited in North Carolina and throughout California, including the Oakland Museum, L.A. Center for Photographic Studies, MOCA’s Geffen Contemporary, S.F.’s Presidio and Fort Mason, and San Jose’s Zero1 Festival. In Michelle’s commercial photographic work, her clients include Visa and Kaiser Permanente, and her work has appeared in national publications and TV programs, such as the New York Times and the Today Show. In addition, Michelle has spent over 20 years working to create opportunities for low-income teens, through founding arts programs, public art projects, and direct teaching of photography and digital art. This work has been nationally recognized by the Echoing Green Foundation, Coming Up Taller Awards, and the California Arts Council.