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
ARTIST STATEMENT November 2020
I have found a few levels of depth in my processes of making art. On one end is empirical research where I live, observe, explore and extend my physical body to limits that evolve as I age. From these experienced moments I derive stream-of-conscious text that is placed throughout my visual work. On the other end is a complete dive into a subject presented to me or that has piqued my interest, eg. particle collision, quantum time, physiology of a broken heart, Alzheimer’s Disease, gun violence. I explode the subject into pieces and dig through until I find a path to it’s simplicity – a conclusion of sorts. I do not have a limit to materials or type of presentation for my work and therefore consider myself an interdisciplinary artist.
Michelle Graves’ art studio is currently in Chicago, Illinois. She is a co-founder and former Chair of Agitator Co-operative Gallery, owner of State of the Art, LLC and loves to roller skate around town and at skate parks. Graves is an Adobe Certified Expert and teaches for Denver Ad School and Columbia College Chicago. She received an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts and Media from Columbia College Chicago in 2012 where she was class president and received BFA in Photography from Indiana University in 2003.