Michelle arrived in the evening and got straight to work, setting up a light box and shooting fake eyelashes stuck in corn syrup for her Perceptual Beauty series. Michelle is our first artist-in-residence, and it is also her first residency. She showed up prepared, with photography equipment and a lot of materials to experiment with, including makeup, fireworks, and a camoflage hunting shroud.
On sunday, after exploring downtown Pentwater, both artists gave a slide presentation on their past and present projects. We had a nice gathering of folks, who proved to be an engaged audience as we discussed, asked questions, and gave feedback to the artists over refreshments at the studio.
Juliet had to depart Monday morning to return to school, and for the next three days I facilitated Michelle's work at Shared Space. She appreciated the feedback given at the slide talk, and we further discussed her current work and where it is going. She had time to shoot at several locations and produced six new images in her series about makeup use. We were welcomed into the community, receiving tours of the Gem Factory and South Summit School. As Michelle works full time for NASA in Cleveland, she was able to have this space, time, and new environment to experiment in and make more work in a few days than she may have in a few weeks at home.
See more of Juliet & Michelle's work on their websites:michellemariemurphy.com --- juliet-hinely.com