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The Art Portfolio of Michele Ridgeway

A photo of a dying leaf with white thread sewn into itattachments, digital image

Michele Ridgeway is an artist based in Hancock, Massachusetts. In her artistic practice, Michele works in a wide range of innovative media including animation, performance, video, and even edible items.

A digital photograph of light reflecting off flowing watermirror studies, digital image


As we saw in our previous feature of Michele’s work, the artist often uses her artwork to explore themes of identity and self-image. In particular, the artist’s work lingers on ideas of change, personal growth, and breaking through barriers both self- and societally imposed. The artist often does this through the use of familiar materials -- found objects and media that would be commonly found in the home. Michele’s use of gingerbread, icing, and household trinkets reinforces this introspective tone.

The front page of Michele Ridgeway's art portfolio websiteThe front page of Michele's art portfolio


I also really enjoy Michele’s oil paintings. The artist tends to zero in on a specific subject, like a cat, and create an entire series of very cohesive paintings depicting the same subject in a slightly different palette and composition.

An oil painting of an orange catfrom CATS, oil on canvas

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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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