Born Reno, NV; based in Atlanta, GA
Vessel Elder, 2018
Ceramic, underglaze, glaze
8 x 6 x 4 inches
"At its core, my artwork is motivated by my curiosity for the body, its vulnerability, and its eventual exhaustion. In recent work, I address this interest through reimagining my memories involving caregiving, death, and superstitious family rituals derived from folk medicine. Using clay, fibers, and cast-off bodily materials, I create sculptural forms and textiles that allude to the body or its absence. My use of realism exists on a spectrum: while some forms are highly rendered or referential, others are more abstract and vague. I aim to evoke visceral sensations similar to those I experienced while caregiving, which ranged from curiosity to anxiety to empathy. The sculptures tend to be visually severe in the way that they are modelled and fragmented, and I aim to maintain a tenderness in my material handling to balance this severity with emotional warmth." -Michelle Laxalt
Michelle Laxalt earned her MFA in Ceramics as a Welch Fellow at Georgia State University and her BFA from the University of Nevada, Reno. She currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia, and works out of a studio at the Goat Farm Arts Center. Though her practice is rooted in ceramics, she creates sculptures using an array of materials, many of which serve as reminders of the body. She has exhibited nationally in both invitational and juried exhibitions and will be featured in the upcoming 2019 Kent State National Ceramics Invitational in February. She is a 2019 MINT Leap Year Fellow and will conclude her fellowship with a residency at the Hambidge Center in July and a solo exhibition in Atlanta in August. In addition to her studio practice, Michelle is the Gallery Manager and a curator at the Swan Coach House Gallery.
Donated By Michelle Laxalt