M. Michelle Meyer-Shipka: LAYERS OF LIFE Opening Reception Fri. June 23, 5-8pm
As an artist, I find joy in representing ordinary, everyday objects in a new, playful, and imaginative way. I depict objects in my paintings in a way that makes them seem to come alive. Through my artwork, I aim to bring a fresh perspective to the things we often take for granted. My layering technique I use in most of my paintings allows me to experiment with different colors, textures, and shapes, allowing new ideas to flow and change direction. Layering also allows for a sense of depth and enables me to transform a painting into something entirely different from where it began. The old layers show through just enough to create interest and a richness. In addition to objects we can see, symbols, numbers, and letters appear to float suggesting an unseen world of information all around us. Just like in life, pieces of old experiences remain and peek through just enough to create a full and meaningful existence. It’s like going on a creative journey, where I never know exactly where I’ll end up, but I’m always excited to see what I discover along the way.
My great-grandparents owned a restaurant so preparing and sharing good food in a warm and comforting environment was part of growing up. Many of my paintings reflect this wonderful memory honoring my family’s hard work and creativity.
Painting is an outlet for me, a break from the stresses and challenges of everyday life. Through my art, I can process my emotions, find healing, and express myself in ways that words alone cannot. It’s a way for me to tap into my innermost thoughts and feelings and communicate them visually to the world. I also enjoy unusual color combinations to keep the viewer on their toes and inspired.
Overall, my goal as an artist is to create artwork that is both visually striking and emotionally meaningful. By representing everyday objects in a new and whimsical way, I hope to spark joy, inspire creativity, and encourage viewers to look at the world around them with fresh eyes.”
Opening Reception, Friday, June 23, 5:00-8:00pm
- Exhibition dates: June 22 – July 14, 2023
- Gallery hours: Thurs – Fri 2-6pm, Sat – Sun 12-4 pm
This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.