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Maria Michaelson

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Friday Harbor, WA

Birth year

Lives in
Friday Harbor, WA

Works in
Friday Harbor, WA


CCA (California College of the Arts), 2005, 2009

Representing galleries

bronze, sculpture, figurative, installation, ceramic


To be human is to create a fabric of personal truth, love, attachment, curiosities, subtle memories. We pull each other into our stories and find moments to share what we have learned front this life. In the fast diversity of the human experience on this planet, the universal is always the most intimate.

My artwork is not quite in my control. I am just pulling beings out of the realm of misty archetypes and spirits and giving them form. I can’t claim what I make, I can only be honored that they come through me. These beings need form.

I learn from my sculptures. I investigate empathy within myself, and honor the intricacies of the lives of people all around me. My sculptures teach me to see the complexities of every human life. 

Please explore my 3 albums

"Bronze Work from Burkina Faso" is a series of bronze sculptures that I fabricated in West Africa using an ancient bronze foundry, in 2011/12. I made the lost wax sculptures in beeswax, cast them in clay, and melted recycled bronze into the molds. I learned this process in Africa, and am continuing it in my US studio practice.

"Figurative Work 2012/13" is a series that I have not yet exhibited. They are ceramic figurative pieces, influenced by my year and a half experience in West Africa. This series has pieces that range from 24 inches to 8 feet tall.

"Story Recording Booth" is  public project. It is a Paper Mache audio recording booth on a bike cart. I built the booth and rode with it around California in 2009. It is one manifestation of a project I have been working on for years. The cart has two large heads. People are asked to speak into one figures ear, where a sensor and microphone are. The persons recording is saved and plays out the other figures mouth. Participant listen to somebody else, and then record for the next person. Stay posted for updates on this project in 2013!

Recent Exhibits

Maria Michaelson participated in these exhibits:

Oct, 2014 Unbreakable: Selections from the Millennial CCA Ceramics Alumni
Arts Benicia
Apr, 2013 Seattle First Thursday artwalk exhibition
OK Hotel
Mar, 2013 Open Studio
Maria Michaelson's Studio
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