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HOW I CREATE

OUTSTANDING SCULPTURES

Concepts, Creating & Imagery

Artist Statement & Biography

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Melting in the Linear

Alalbaster

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Nomad

My Paper Obsession

Michelle Frazier


CONCEPT & CREATING

The female form rendered in stone represents the concepts of StoneWomynArt. Small to medium in size, each piece of soapstone or alabaster are figures, body fragments, busts or just the head. Some are small studies of the body, that have a fetish quality to them. These small pieces feel good to hold or touch. All of my sculptures reflect my connection to this world as a woman artist. They are gestural in pose, allowing the striations and veins to accentuate the curves and contours of the body. It is my intent for my stone pieces to be viewed up close and put in an area where the piece can interact with the owners life. Sources of inspiration for these pieces rest in mythology, religion and everyday life. Stone has become my primary medium for sculpture, however, I have returned to using mixed media such as paper, cardboard, fabric. My earlier works were a combination of materials such as wire, scrim, steel wool, papier mache. I have begun using paper in various forms in which I can create wall pieces.  They are abstract, and express my inner thoughts and dreams. This exploration has influenced my stone pieces.  Within each piece there is an inner peace about them, they are seeking solace, redemption, freedom and the need to be seen and heard. They show a quiet strength, they are lone stars on a spiritual journey taking the path less traveled. They are dreamers and visionaries revealing the beauty of their souls sometimes abstractly beyond the alluring surface qualities. Together they all convey my beliefs, creating an openness that is always growing and maturing as I move further into my concepts of  StoneWomnynArts.

Artist Statement

When I carve a face or figure into the stone, I seem to be acting out my self-consciousness onto the stone, a stone that holds some of the history of the world. I carve the stone into familiar forms, carrying with them an emotional charge; the forms are beautiful, the stone broken. The expressions of sadness, of reflection, are easy to read,  I  think that anyone, can recognize these forms. The stone seems to exist in a different way, that’s slow, silent and long-lived; there is poetry within them, in their slow dance.

There is a story told in every piece of stone, the unique characteristics of each stone inspires my vision for the sculptures which is a tangible product of my layered feminine perspective. Every piece reflects a part of who I am, bringing an element of truth to my work and challenges my identity and perception, imagination and impressions which are the fundamental elements that define me. These expressions and the breaks showing in the stone tell another story that is always desirous for more. An abstracted view that stretches my obsessions with texture beyond what the eye can see. It explores the surface, cracks and breaks within.

 

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BIOGRAPHY

Michelle received her MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Rinehart School of Sculpture (2004), BFA from the Corcoran School of Art (1999). She is a Sculptor/Instructor and is currently the Art Specialist for Arlington County Dept. of Parks and Recreation Office for Teens. She also instructs an art class for adults with special needs in the Therapeutic Recreation Division at Langston Community Center in Arlington, VA. Michelle won third place for sculpture in the Overlea Arts Fest online exhibit 2020  Former President of the Women’s Caucus for Art, D.C. Chapter (2013-2016) and current member. She is a member of the Art League and Washington Stone Sculptors. Michelle exhibits her work online and in the metropolitan area. 

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IMAGERY IN STONE

The loveliness, power and strength in the stone is the raw beauty of nature;  the eyes can look in and see this inner beauty. The shapes I impose on the stones are formal, yet abstract  the familiar shape of faces and bodies; graceful, strong, thoughtful, reflective and often solitary – exposing layers, expounding on the female image and showing the grace and power  is what drives the making of these pieces. 

Michelle Frazier- StoneWomynArts

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