Author Archives: Michaela

Repurposed, Recycled. New Purpose. New Cycle.

WIP: Oil and Graphite on Repurposed Aluminum and Plywood Scrap

Process & Work in Progress

WIP: Luminous Aluminum Catches the light. Shades of Grey Graphite and Oil. Shadow Dance.

Exploring the infinite possibilities of metaphor with scavenged materials. Summer studio joys as I grow in scale and become more confident with scavenged and recycled materials.

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New Ideas, Projects, Commitments.

Fractured, 2019. 36″ x 48″, Oil & Aluminum Scrap Collage on Wood Panel.

Over the past couple of years, I’ve been working on a couple of behind-the-scenes projects. Recently, I’ve begun sharing glimpses of my nearest and dearest on Instagram: large-scale, recycled, painted and collaged metalwork on panel. These pieces are sometimes difficult to photograph –mostly due to the reflective quality of aluminum– but this quality is one of my favorite aspects of the new work. My aluminum collage work is made from construction scrap and the process is labor-intensive and quite magical. 

In 2017, I applied for a grant to assist with financing this project, and although my proposal made it to the final round, in the end I did not receive funding. Applying for grants is a rewarding and educational exercise, but it is also a time-consuming process. I planned to follow through with the project anyway, and fund the work in other ways. Then, in December of 2017, my father passed away, and throughout the winter and spring of 2018, family responsibilities became my first priority. 

Although I continued to work —many of the pieces created during the winter/spring of 2018 are on exhibit through the end of June 2019— I had to shelve “Drawn from the River”, my grant proposal project. By the end of 2018, I felt ready to revive the project and returned with more determination than ever. I have worked with metal before, but never unwieldy scrap and never in combination with painting. Late last year, I started experimenting with layered painting on metal collage and did extensive research on compatible materials and methods. Then I jumped in and fell madly in love. To date, I have created 6 large-scale pieces using scrap aluminum on wood panel; collaged works which I then sand, paint, sand and finally paint again. I feel this has primed me for my next leap with pollution material (beer cans, etc), collected from stream beds and rivers.

So, where do I go from here? Not one to give up, I am currently researching a variety of ways to fund this important project. In meantime –alongside my regular studio work– I will continue experimenting with and expanding my collaged metalwork series.  

Spring Listening, 2019. 36″ x 48″, Oil & Aluminum Scrap Collage on Wood Panel.

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New Work on Exhibit: Keystone Art in Rotation Program at the APX Building, Morristown, New Jersey. July 12, 2018 – July 30, 2019 * Exhibit Extended

New, large-scale work is currently on view in the main lobby of the APX Building, 412 Mt. Kemble Ave, Morristown, New Jersey. This exhibit, presented by the Keystone Art in Rotation program, will feature my work from July 12, 2018 through July 30, 2019* This show has been extended. End date is currently to-be-determined.  The APX Building is a corporate campus located 45 minutes from Manhattan, open Monday through Friday.

In a Dimly Lit Room (48″ x 36″, Oil and Graphite on Wood Panel) and Shadow Flowers (48″ x 26″, Oil and Graphite on Wood Panel) on exhibit at the APX Building, Morristown, NJ

Requiem (triptych) and Dusk (36″ x 36″, Oil and Graphite on Panel)

Rust & Rain (48″ x 36″), Blue Gust (24″ x 24″), Dust & Bone (24″ x 24″), Wind River II (24″ x 24″), all Oil and Graphite on Wood Panel

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‘Land Marks’ Through June 17th, 2017 at West Branch Gallery

L   A   N   D        M   A   R   K   S  

J  A  N  E  T     F  R  E  D  E  R  I  C  K  S      &      M  I  C  H  A  E  L  A     H  A  R  L  O  W

W E S T     B R A N C H     G A L L E R Y     &     S C U L P T U R E     P A R K

M A R C H    2 5    –     J U N E     1 7 ,     2 0 1 7

O P E N I N G     R E C E P T I O N:    M A R C H    2 5 th ,    2 0 1 7     6  –  8  P. M.

1 7      T O W N E      F A R M      L A N E

S T O W E ,    V E R M O N T

Two Vermont artists explore abstract landscapes on macro and micro scales in a variety of mediums, pushing references to the natural environment behind graphic mark-making.

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