Artist Statement

"I paint in series. It is impossible for me to just make one painting when I have an idea. I would like my paintings to confront the viewer simultaneously with beauty and awkwardness and to mediate grace with humor. I place great trust in the viewer.

After years of studying cultural, dream, mythological and religious symbols, I now believe the most interesting signs are the images that appear and keep pressing on one’s mind with no explanation—unexpected images that flash across the brain. I believe Marcel Duchamp when he said, 'To all appearances, the artist acts as a medium who seeks his way out into the open from the labyrinth beyond time and space, if we give the artist the attributes of a medium, on the aesthetic plane we must deny him the awareness of what he is doing or why he is doing it.'

In very simple terms, I want to make work that combines ideas and imagery generated through study and research with ideas and imagery that are felt, intuitive, and enigmatic."

Artist Bio

Michelle McKdavis was born in Austin, Texas and raised in various cities along the Rocky Mountain range. She received her BFA from the University of Alabama, a M.Ed. from Middle Tennessee State University, and her MFA from Florida State University.

Michelle’s paintings represent her analysis of the history of art and its influence on society inspired by literature, memes, culture, and religious art. Her portraits and wallscapes combine fragments of Renaissance and Baroque.

Michelle has exhibited in galleries and museums across the United States including being awarded a part in the Artist in Residence of Judy Chicago and Donald Woodman that culminated in a group show at Vanderbilt University. Michelle currently teaches drawing and three-dimensional design at the University of North Alabama as well as an online course, “Contemporary Art; Practices and Scholarship” at Florida State University.

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