MICHELLE DOLL

Shelter

February 16 - March 3, 2012

Untitled

Michelle Doll

Untitled

2010

Oil on canvas

48 x 72 inches

With you here between

Michelle Doll

With you here between

2010

Oil on canvas

48 x 72 inches

Winter Wind

Michelle Doll

Winter Wind

2011

Oil on mylar mounted on plexiglass

42 x 48 inches

Acoustic Shadow

Michelle Doll

Acoustic Shadow

2011

Oil on mylar mounted on plexiglass

21.5 x 29 inches

Zephyr

Michelle Doll

Zephyr

2011

Oil on mylar

15.5 x 17 inches

Press Release

BLANK SPACE is pleased to present a solo exhibition titled Shelter, featuring selected works of Michelle Doll. The paintings in this series are introspective, an exploration of vulnerability versus strength (external and internal) and ultimately finding empowerment through one’s inner calm and sense of safety.

 

Most recently, Doll has been using the idea of vulnerability and protection as a basis for her artistic expression, both contextually and visually through her methodology. Contextually, she recognizes that humans, when feeling exposed, look to both internal and external forces to feel safe. When those external defenses are gone, there is only one’s strength from within, an empowerment to live in the moment. Methodologically she allows for physical “mistakes”, and in this way allows for vulnerability in her process.

 

A key part to her creative process is that she works in layers. Doll starts by painting the surface (e.g., canvas, mylar) and then intentionally scrapes off parts of it, or simply wipes part of it away. This action allows an imprint of the past to remain while creating a new aspect and a painting more “of the moment”. There is a lack of control in her process, which allows for unexpected discoveries and “mistakes”. In this way, Doll’s process and imagery capture a transient state – a moment caught between moments.

Selected works such as the “Acoustic Shadow”, “Zephyr”, and “Untitled” will strike each viewer differently. Initially seeing only a beautiful or quiet moment, but the intrigue of “what happened?” or “why?” will quickly begin to take over. The viewer’s own involvement takes shape while being drawn in “closer” to the imagery presented.

 

Awarded an Artist in Residence at Eden Rock on St. Barths (French West Indies) in 2008, and having received the Prince of Wales/Forbes Foundation Travel Grant in 2006, Michelle Doll has been featured in a variety of exhibitions over the past six years in locations as varied as New York, St. Barths, San Francisco, Basel (Switzerland) and London (UK). Doll’s formal education includes a BFA from Kent State University and MFA from New York Academy of Art, both graduated Cum Laude.