- Michele Meister
About the Exhibition
Michele Meister solo exhibition
German-born artist, Michele Meister, personally engages her viewer with symbols, expressive body language, and rich, simplified color schemes. She admits to enjoying the resistance of paper and often works in acrylic and collage.
Meister, now residing in Australia, sometimes maintains German titles. She feels that their nuanced and, sometimes, double meanings, don't translate well. Genuss, meaning an indulgent pleasure has an aesthetic appeal that begins with a large baby-like face painted over a book page. Varying thickness of paint on the face is at once engaging. Yet the blood red robe, its curved folds, and the serpentine swing of a collaged necklace, and encircling marks around the subject's head, work to keep us moving around the painting. It's difficult to remove your eyes from the work, once captured.
Michele's Unschuld features a contemporary "Red Riding Hood" holding a wolf, slumped in her arms as if dead or succumbed. "Unshuld" means innocence, virginity, and guiltless in German. A mixed media collage, paint is applied in varying degrees of transparency. The work gains its emotive power from the body language of its subjects, and its simple, high-contrast color scheme.
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