Chicago Gallery News Interview: June 2018

photo by Brenda Hernandez

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I am the current Head Curator and co-owner of State of the Art, an art subscription/consulting service and the Chair of Agitator Co-operative Gallery.  I am an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop and Illustrator and teach at various schools in Chicago as well as private or small group tutoring for individuals and corporate.

Above all, I make art.

Michelle Graves, director of Agitator Gallery in Chicago, sources her style through a seemingly obsessive and careful discussion with line and text; breaking, dissecting and constantly interrogating her subjects and materials. – Darius Airo

July, 2019

For my fine art practice, I thoroughly enjoy finding conclusions in the unknown – a calm within the chaos. I do this by interweaving physics and physiology research with existential observation. In organizing my research, I construct formulas or techniques and apply material parameters for making bodies of work.
For example, when I dwell on a subject like anxiety, breathing, communication or a failed relationship, I compare these qualities to similar scientific phenomena like the parasympathetic nervous system or particle collision. 
The analyzation of the research is where I find my process. Some of these formulas include but are not limited to stream-of-conscious writing, graphical or gestural text paintings and drawings, abstract equations, short videos, zines, mixed media sculptural pieces and installations. The bodies of work range from densely layered to lighthearted, playful concepts.
Michelle Graves currently resides in Chicago, Illinois where she received an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts and Media from Columbia College Chicago in 2012.  She also received a BFA in Photography from Indiana University in 2003.


Michelle Graves from Kraze Videography on Vimeo.



Self Portrait Series, 2015-2017



photo by 9 Muses Photography