Approved: 29.11.2010

Marion Michell

Artist, Writer

Archived
Approved: 29.11.2010

During the last ten years much of my art has touched on childhood, on growing up and its anxieties. It is as much an exploration of memory as of physical experience. Not necessarily concrete memories, more moods and atmospheres, interwoven with elements from myths and fairy tales. Crochet allows me to frame childhood memory in a very direct, tangible way. The quaintness of crochet, its look and sensory

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  • Location: London
  • Activities: Practice-based research, Critical writing
  • Categories: Mixed Media, Research, Text, Textiles
  • Tags: childhood, memory, body, hair, history, gender, difference, crochet, fairytales, writing
 
 
 

Biography

During the last ten years much of my art has touched on childhood, on growing up and its anxieties. It is as much an exploration of memory as of physical experience. Not necessarily concrete memories, more moods and atmospheres, interwoven with elements from myths and fairy tales. Crochet allows me to frame childhood memory in a very direct, tangible way. The quaintness of crochet, its look and sensory qualities, make a direct link to a lived (and imagined) past. My outfits skirt the border of reality as a way of thinking about bodies, bodies that buckle under the strain of difference, and draw their lifeblood from it. At the moment my work is concerned with inherited memory and how it affects us. This shift of focus comes with a widening of scope and media (from photography, collage, assemblage, stitching, crochet, to thread drawings, creation of heirlooms, etc.) through which I hope to expand and strengthen my visual language. My art-practice has become inseparable from my writing, through which I chart my processes, which in turn feeds back into the work. Please see my blog Sleep-drunk I dance on a-n Artists Talking.

CV & Education

Selected exhibitions

Solo exhibitions
2015 - Strands of wishful thinking: Hairlings and other things. R-Space Gallery, Lisburn 
2010 - Between a whisper and a hiss - Hairy things and steps and stitches, The Arthouse, Wakefield
1998 - AUGEN BLICKE, Public Library, Offenbach, Germany

Group exhibitions
2014 - Strand. Hair in contemporary art practice. With work by Ken Ashton, Jane Copeman, Marion Michell, Tabitha Moses and Jeanette Orrell.
2013 - The Beginning of History, ASC Studios, Bond House, London
2013 - Shape Open, The Nunnery, then Chocolate Factory, London
2013 - Discernible, Bond House Project Space, London
2012 - Braided Together, New Hall Art Collection, Cambridge
2012 - Braided Together. Hair in the work of Contemporary Women Artists, BHVU Gallery, London
2012 - Collectible, Zeitgeist Project Space, London
2012 - Mysteryland, Z-Arts, Manchester 2011 - Extra-Ordinary, Core Gallery, London
2011 - Kaunas Textile Biennial 2011, M. K. Ciurlionis National Museum of Art, Kaunas/Lithuania
2011 - Twisted, Phoenix Brighton, Brighton
2011 - Welcome to the real world, Project Space Leeds (PSL), Leeds
2010 - Art Craft Design Dialogue, Christine Walker Gallery, Caterham
2010 - Deptford X 2010, Core Gallery, London
2009 - Rummage, Cafe Gallery, London
2008 - El viaje a ninguna parte, Neilson Gallery, Cadiz
2008 - papier=kunst 6 , KunstLANDing, Aschaffenburg
2006 - A stitch in time, Orleans House Gallery, Richmond upon Thames
2006 - Response, The Surgery, London 2005 - Composite, with Thurle Wright, The Surgery, London
2005 - Open Spaces, Open Places, Jeffery West and Gallery58, Northampton
2005 - Pulpitations, artworks-mk, Milton Keynes