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Identity and Self-Image: Art by Michele Ridgeway

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Michele Ridgeway is an artist currently based in Hancock, Massachusetts. Michele’s works often explore identity and self-image as fragile, tactile masks.


Good enough fences


I love Michele’s frequent use of ethereal media like gingerbread in her projects. Her video work Good Enough Fences, shows the artist slowly building a wall of gingerbread bricks and icing, while a voiceover offers a poetic description of a wall that might be real or allegorical. As a video project, the work has a prolonged existence, though this existence is in contrast with the materials used within – food products that degrade relatively quickly. The saying “good fences make good neighbours” is reiterated by the narrator, prompting the audience to look critically at the act of constructing such an impermanent wall.


A screen capture of Michele Ridgeway's art


Michele’s works also frequently incorporate embroidery and textile media. These works, seem to sit in parallel with the works using icing or gingerbread as demonstrations of traditionally “feminine” practices, to question such assumption of identity.

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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