Mareike Michele

Teething Troubles
2012
Women’s size 10
Linen, Procion H dye, metal, ribbon, embroidery floss, sewing thread

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Jumping in Bed
2012
8″ x 5″ x 3″
Linen, sewing thread, synthetic stuffing, embroidery thread

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The Fall of Lycaon
2012
13″ x 10″
Synthetic thread, jacquard paste, pigment, Procion H

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Artist Statement

I was born on Thursday, April 30th 1992. The saying rings true for me, Thursday’s child had far to go, and has very far to go still.

As an artist at the beginning of my practice the last two years have brought me clarity on what I perceive to be my ultimate direction. Inciting a strong emotional response is an essential part of art to me, a stance that I attempt to honour in my practice. Through my work I attempt to give intangible tales and feelings a physical vessel.

As I strive to collect, invent and re-iterate stories that provoke a profound emotional resonance with me, I try to constantly broaden my horizon by studying new languages and elements of history. It is important to me that my inspirations are drawn from many places, as growing up without siblings, and being raised mostly by the parents of my working single mother, has given me much time to reflect within my own head-space. It was a long time ago that I decided I did not want to be the typical only-child and let other people be the heroes of my story. The role I wish to take is that of the narrator, reflecting upon what has transpired and inspiring the viewer to take away from the story whatever they wish, whether it may be a sweet adventure or a bitter lesson. If the audience feels that they have emotionally gained anything from the experience at all, then the objective of my work has been fulfilled and my life’s journey is off to a good start.

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