Text on Canvas or Wall

This evolving body of work (including text on paper) was initially made with the intention of mapping freeform, contemplative writing. Then the process moved towards filling the space of whatever size canvas, paper, or wall was in front of me. Gestural ink splatters were added and freeform text filled the negative space. Made with acrylic or ink. Sizes vary.

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With No Direction, 2016  2 – 8’x4′ panels & 1 8’x30″ panel
Permanent collection of mcgarrybowen, Chicago.


 

Time, 2015  5×3′

Time, 2015 5x3', Michelle Graves, Chicago Art, Text ARt

 


 

Without Time, 2015  4×8′  (audio detail 1:19)

The audio is the text read in linear order in which it was written.

Without Time, 2015 4x8', Michelle Graves


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Wait, 2015  5×3′

Wait, 2015 5x3', Michelle Graves, Chicago Art, Text Art

 


 

Patience Persistence Present, 2015    2-3×5′ panels
Created live at West Fest, Chicago.
Sponsored by Chicago Truborn.

Patience Persistence Present, 2015 2-3x5' panels, Michelle Graves


 

Contemplation, 2012    10×6′ installation
Arcade Gallery, Columbia College Chicago.

Contemplation, 2012, MIchelle Graves

 


 

Right Now, 2011
Freestyle Writing live at Rhino Fest, Prop Thtr, Chicago

 

 


My Brother Died When I Was 13 and I Turned Out Ok, 2011
Documentation of a paint layering process.



 


Stop Small Emotions, 2010
Very first experiment with Freestyle Writing live.
Workspace Gallery, Chicago.

Here—> <3, 2010
A time lapsed document of Freestyle Writing at Crocodile, Chicago.


 

The Process, 2010
A time lapsed document of Freestyle Writing at Crocodile, Chicago.


Big Drawing #1,
2009

A first attempt at mapping with text and imagery.

Michelle Graves, Chicago Art, Text Art