Michelle Wiebe is a Cochrane, Alberta based artist focused primarily on painting, printmaking and letterpress. Her work is characterized by simple subject matter rendered with bold colour and line work. She began her journey as an artist at an early age after being accepted to the Langley Fine Arts School elementary and high school program. There she immersed herself in all aspects of visual art making. She continued developing her skills at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, eventually finding her voice through paint and ink.
Michelle is also a passionate instructor with a deep love for teaching, she makes it her goal that students leave her class with quality work and the confidence to continue building their new skills. She can also be found doing collaborations, demonstrations and commission pieces. Recently she has done work for the City of Calgary and Creative Airdrie. She is a member of the Alberta Printmakers and the Leighton Artist Centre.
My work is often an exploration of domestic objects of humble origins elevated to a fine art stature. Every day plates, bowls, and textiles are put under scrutiny and replicated as a way to develop familiarity their line work and patterns. I am a person who wants break complexities apart and examine their essence. Things that are familiar and often taken for granted are put into the spotlight. I am an analog person living in a digital reality so often, my practice involves a marriage of old ways and new. My inspiration comes from artisans and highly skilled tradesmen in dying art forms. I believe there is merit in working with your hands, creating unique objects and building skill through repetition. Currently my focus has been a series of highly patterned plate paintings, hand dyed and stamped flour sack cloths as well as growing practice of printing text and type on antique floor model letterpresses.
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