Marion Michell

Artist, Writer

Most of my art touches 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. Using some of the techniques traditionally linked to a girl's world I work with papers, wools and artificial hair, making shoes, figures, dresses from scratch and transforming found objects into something that expresses new sets of emotions and fantasies. I am looking for ways of considering difference and how it might be experienced, esp. the sense a child might have of not being, not feeling 'right'. I want to tell stories, but anything resembling chronology, cause and effect, conflict and resolution is not my thing. Rather I try to produce condensed snapshots of being, of inner life. There is a degree of innocence, but anchored in and evocative of bodily things, instinct, desire, pleasure, pain. It is small and intimate work, intense and a bit scary in a fairy-tale sort of way, but also loaded with humour, ambiguity and contradiction. read full statement

Location London
Artforms Mixed Media, Research, Text, Textiles
Tags childhood, memory, body, hair, history, gender, difference, crochet, fairytales, writing

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    11/01/2014 – 29/03/2014
    Oriel Wrecsam, Rhosddu Road, Wrexham, LL11 1AU

    Exploring the use and symbolism of hair, supported by museum loans of historical hair items, incl. mourning jewellery and brushes. With Ken Ashton, Marion Michell, Jeanette Orrell and Tabitha Moses

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