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Michelle Frick

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Arterial Nests 2, 2012 Cast Silicone, Medical Trash, Ceramic, Silkscreen on Polycarbonate, Fabric, Sound Variable © Copyright © 2012 Bill Orcutt
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Arterial Nests 2 (detail), 2012 Cast Silicone, Medical Trash, Ceramic, Silkscreen on Polycarbonate, Fabric, Sound Variable © Copyright © 2012 Bill Orcutt
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Arterial Nests 2 (detail), 2012 Cast Silicone, Medical Trash, Ceramic, Silkscreen on Polycarbonate, Fabric, Sound Variable © Copyright © 2012 Bill Orcutt
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EMS Perch, 2012 Ambulance Gurney, Intravenous Stand, Medical Trash, Cotton, Sound Variable © Copyright © 2012 Bill Orcutt
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EMS Perch (detail), 2012 Ambulance Gurney, Intravenous Stand, Medical Trash, Cotton, Sound Variable © Copyright © 2012 Bill Orcutt
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Surgical Material Nest, 2012 Silicone Tubing, Polyethylene Tubing, Cast Cotton, Medical Trash 33 X 21 X 15" © Copyright © 2012 Michelle Frick
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Arterial Nests, 2009 Michelle Frick, Arterial Nests, 2008, Silicone, Intravenous Line and Components, Sculpey, 30x18" Silkscreen Lightbox., Variable, Nests Approximately Variable © Copyright © 2009 Joshua Bright
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Arterial Nests (detail), 2012 Michelle Frick, Arterial Nests, 2008, Silicone, Intravenous Line and Components, Sculpey, 30x18" Silkscreen Lightbox., Variable, Nests Approximately Variable © Copyright © 2009 Joshua Bright
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Arterial Nests (detail), 2012 Michelle Frick, Arterial Nests, 2008, Silicone, Intravenous Line and Components, Sculpey, 30x18" Silkscreen Lightbox., Variable, Nests Approximately Variable © Copyright © 2009 Joshua Bright
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Lupron, 2008 Medical Supplies, Cotton, Stainless Steel/chrome Medical Instrument Tray and Stool, Water Variable © Copyright © 2008 Michelle Frick
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Lupron (detail), 2008 Medical Supplies, Cotton, Stainless Steel/chrome Medical Instrument Tray and Stool, Water Variable © Copyright © 2008 Michelle Frick
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Avian Intensive Care Unit, 2007 Medical Supplies, 43x36" Silkscreen Print on Polycarbonate Sheet, Leds, Batteries, Sound. Variable © Copyright © 2008 Michelle Frick
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Avian Intensive Care Unit (detail), 2007 Medical Supplies, 43x36" Silkscreen Print on Polycarbonate Sheet, Leds, Batteries, Sound. Variable © Copyright © 2008 Michelle Frick
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
New York
Lives in
New York
Works in
Yonkers, NY
Schools
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, 1990, BFA
School of Visual Arts New York (SVA)
Tags
based, environmental, light, printmaking, process, research, silkscreen, site, sound, specific, Bird, nest, egg, medical, Medicine, doctor, nurse, mixed-media, installation, conceptual, sculpture
Statement and CV

ARTIST STATEMENT

The sculptures and installations I make are filtered through medicine, healing, and the hospital experience. Placed into a very different context, intravenous line components, drain tubes, vials, and electrodes are reconsidered. An investigation into the functions of the body, particularly the thoracic cavity, is apparent. Choosing to use these materials and to focus on this subject matter was inadvertent and came about when two immediate family members were hospitalized for multiple extended periods. For four years, I witnessed the aftermath of high-risk medical procedures and became familiar with a wide variety of nurses' supplies.

During this time, I began to make birds from the medical supplies which were very present in my mind as I spent entire days in the hospital. The creatures are made of synthetic materials and exist in a synthetic environment, yet they behave normally, perching on hospital equipment, gathering nesting material, and the like. Questions are posed, such as: "What will happen to us when our environment is synthetic and so are we?"

Repetitive processes, like the application into molds of multiple layers of surgical tape, cotton, and paper are integral to my working method. Transformation of materials and the resulting artifice are very important. My work implies a series of contradictions. These include nature and the synthetic world that sustains us, the natural resilience of the human body and the advanced medical technology we have come to rely on, fear and sweetness, and waste and environmental awareness.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2009 Michelle Frick: Avian ICU. Three Rivers Gallery, Norwich, CT   

2009 Michelle Frick: Arterial Nests. Bronx Blue Bedroom Project, Bronx, NY

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2012 Governors Island Art Fair. 4heards, New York, NY

2012 The Art of Science. WFG Gallery, Woodstock, NY 

2012 sc-EYE-nce. Studio Place Arts, Barre, VT 

2012 RE-MADE. BronxArtSpace, Bronx, NY 

2010 Tales Gone in Flocks and Herds. Crossing Art, Queens, NY 

2010 viscera. The Spice Factory, Brooklyn, NY 

2010 All Along the Clocktower. The Clocktower Gallery, Bronx, NY 

2010 ROMPE PUESTO. Bronx River Art Center, Bronx, NY 

2009 Anthem: an all-american dystopia. Longwood Arts Project, Bronx, NY 

2009 SALVAGE: Recycle Reclaim. The Phillips Museum of Art, Lancaster, PA

2008 AIM28: How Soon is Now? The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY

2008 Response to Fear. Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY

2007 Yonkers on Hudson. YoHo, Yonkers, NY

2007 Tower 49. Tower Gallery, New York, NY

2004 Red Dot. The Art Students League, New York, NY

2004 Either orBits. b57 Contemporary Art, Brooklyn, NY     

2004 Annual Concours. The Art Students League, New York, NY     

2001 Juried Exhibition. Viridian Artists, New York, NY      

2001 Annual Concours. The Art Students League, New York, NY        

FELLOWSHIPS/AWARDS

         2008    Artist Mentoring Fellowship. Bronx Council on the Arts, Bronx, NY

         2008    BRIO (Bronx Recognizes Its Own). Bronx Council on the Arts, Bronx, NY

2007-2008   Artist in the Marketplace (AIM). The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY

EDUCATION

2006-2008    School of Visual Arts, New York, NY. Studied with Andrew Ginzel, Steve DeFrank

2000-2004    The Art Students League, New York, NY. Studied with Eugene Brodsky

         1990     Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY. B.F.A.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Yoon-Ji; "Governors Island Art Fair", artsicle. September 6, 2012 

Deutsch, Kevin; "Art Born of Ailment", The Riverdale Press. April 9, 2009

Gibson, Hannah; "Featured Registry Artist", nurtureart.org. December 1, 2008

Bello, Milagros; "How Soon Is Now ?", Wynwood magazine. August 18, 2008

Ferber, Lawrence; "Own this Town", Time Out New York. August 7, 2008

"Goings On About Town", The New Yorker. July 21, 2008

McNeil, Kate; "Artists Take Home 11 BRIO Awards", The Riverdale Press. June 5, 2008

Barliant, Claire; AIM 28: How Soon is Now?, The Bronx Museum of the Arts. May 2008, p 31

Romero, Librado; "Creative Collective", The New York Times. April 15, 2007

Hallissey, Tommy; "Yonkers Artists", The Riverdale Press. March 15, 2007