Growing Wings, Growing Branches - Michelle Seelig
Manyung Gallery Malvern
15 March - 31 March, 2018
Official Opening Thursday 15th March 6pm

Michelle Seelig

Michelle Seelig has always been drawn to the tactile physicality of her creative process, and her intuitive method of art-making guides the development of her images. She draws, dusts, rubs and massages charcoal into the surface of the paper, crafting her artworks in a manually intensive process that belies the naive images that result.

“Charcoal allows me to have a loud conversation and a soft conversation at once.” From a distance the drawings are large and bold, but this work draws the viewer in closer, into a more subtle conversation where the texture and tone of the work unfolds and the slow, meditative working method can be recognised.

For the past 20 years the Melbourne artist has used drawing as a means of examining life’s experiences. In her latest show ‘Growing Wings, Growing Branches’ Michelle explores themes of resilience, endurance and strength. She takes relatable images of life’s ordinary moments and layers them richly with stories of expansion and transformation. The works are an examination of the artist’s struggle to remain vulnerable whist taking her place in the world as a woman.

Can_t See the Forest For the Trees Can't See the Forest For the Trees
charcoal on paper (framed)
104.6 x 79.1 cm
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Michelle Seelig Tree House
charcoal on paper (framed)
104.6 x 79.1 cm
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Fruits of My Labour Fruits of My Labour
charcoal on paper (framed)
104.6 x 79.1 cm
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Tree of Life with Moon Tree of Life with Moon
charcoal on paper (framed)
104.6 x 79.1 cm
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Michelle Seelig Standing Tall
charcoal on paper (unframed)
83.5 x 59 cm
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Michelle Seelig Growing Wings
charcoal on paper (framed)
104.6 x 79.1 cm
 
Michelle Seelig Taking Her Seat
charcoal on paper (unframed)
83.5 x 59 cm
 
Wonder Woman Wonder Woman
charcoal on paper (framed)
104.6 x 79.1 cm
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Secret Doorway Secret Doorway
charcoal on paper (framed)
104.6 x 79.1 cm
 
Sitting in the Sun Sitting in the Sun
charcoal on paper (framed)
104.6 x 79.1 cm
 
Delivery Delivery
charcoal on paper (framed)
104.6 x 79.1 cm
 
Making the First Move Making the First Move
charcoal on paper (framed)
104.6 x 79.1 cm
 
Rainbow in the Roof Rainbow in the Roof
charcoal on paper (framed)
104.6 x 79.1 cm
 
Looming Large Looming Large
charcoal on paper (framed)
79.1 x 104.6 cm
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Michelle Seelig The Butterfly Effect #3
charcoal on paper (framed)
77.6 x 79.1 cm
 
Michelle Seelig Maternal
charcoal on paper (framed)
77.6 x 79.1 cm
 
Michelle Seelig Tender Inside
charcoal on paper (framed)
77.6 x 79.1 cm
 
Michelle Seelig The Butterfly Effect #2
charcoal on paper (framed)
77.6 x 79.1 cm