Fibreglass, polyurethane expandable resin and reflective film
Fragments and Uncertainty
Fibreglass, glass and wood
Dimensions: approx. 80 cm (W) x 1000 cm (H) x 20 cm (D)
Images courtesy of the artist
Michelle Day is a sculptor and installation artist based in Canberra. She develops her work predominantly from silicone, fabric, fibers, found objects, steel, glass and light. Michelle is strongly influenced by the evolution and application of science and technology, medical imagery and the growth and structure of organic forms. In recent work, she has attempted to capture metaphysical aspects of nature, focusing on presence-in-absence, impermanence, memory and the feeling of spaces.
Michelle graduated from the ANU School of Art in 2009. She has exhibited in Australia: Canberra, Melbourne, Ballarat and Sydney, and internationally in: Chiang Mai, Thailand; Nagoya, Japan and Dunedin, New Zealand. From 2015 – 2017, Michelle resided in Thailand and completed a Master of Fine Arts at Chiang Mai University.
Michelle is the recipient of several prestigious grants including: artsACT Project Grant and Australia Council for the Arts, Development Funding Grant in 2016; The Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship for Emerging Artists in 2014; artsACT Project Grant in 2013; Australia Council for the Arts, ArtStart Grant in 2012; artsACT Start-Up Grant for Young Artists in 2011. She also received funding in 2017 from The Australian Embassy, Thailand.
ARTIST'S STATEMENT: Uncertainty
The installation, ‘Uncertainty’, draws its genesis from the mists of winter streets, the snow capped mountains and the foamy sea, that reflect Canberra’s relationship to it’s diverse surrounding natural landscapes.
In a country that is prone to drought we are acutely aware of our natural environment. This installation comments on our insecurity about climate change, and the overwhelming evidence that we are the main cause of that change.
This work floats in a skewed reality – a body of water that remains present throughout drought.
The glowing forms are adrift; their cool, uninhabited slopes allude to pristine environments with an uncertain future.
ARTIST'S STATEMENT: Fragments + Uncertainty
Throughout the process of attempting to echo movement of water, clouds, waves and mist in my work ‘Uncertainty,’ installed on the lake at Kingston Foreshore, I found it difficult to think about weather without the uncomfortable certainty of change. The forms that began as only movement of air and water began to reflect icebergs, discarded plastic bags floating in the water – ironically, they are made from plastic themselves and the process of making them involved a mysteriously large amount of cling wrap which I had previously forced into extinction in my kitchen. This realisation bought with it the discomfort and awareness of knowing that I was contributing to a change in my environment.
This work ‘Fragments and Uncertainty’ followed the work ‘Uncertainty’ and I felt much more engaged with my discomfort. In the process of making these works, I covered them in layers and layers of reflective glass beads expecting that eventually they would reveal themselves to me...it became obsessive, overworked. After many, many layers I realised that it wasn’t possible to fix them… my thoughts about how we effect our environment were going over and over and round and round in my head without any explanation… any solution. I just kept covering it up and trying to fix it. Trying to fill in all the holes. Eventually the forms became like wounds.