Since graduating with an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, Michelle Stuhl’s work has been exhibited in museums and galleries across the United States and internationally including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, The DeYoung Museum, San Francisco, The Louvre, Paris, The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, The Milwaukee Museum of Art and many more. She maintains studios in New York and Arizona.
Michelle’s art employs imagery of landscapes, shelters, structures, and utilitarian objects. While some of her work is representational, much celebrates the autonomy of the viewer and encourages the individual to decide the exact form or function an image or object. Her works are intended to be shown in mutable configurations and combinations. Many of Michelle’s works are rendered on wood or free-hanging, unstretched canvas that plays with the weight and presence of the work in space. The wood provides works with added strength and dimension, while the grain enriches the depth of the imagery. Conversely, ethereal canvass works unfettered by the boundaries of a stretcher or frame, seem to float away form the gallery wall. Scale is also a key element in the works; images range form miniatures of a few inches to triptychs and monumental installations.
Michelle’s most recent work – an ambitious series of encaustics – are landscapes created on wood panels. Initially staring with a graphite drawing, with layered wax and oil paint. The drawn and painted image is seen through the translucent layer of wax which illuminates the surface and coats and protects the drawing below.