:: Long Reach Arts
:: Michelle Squires
:: artist's statement
Existing subconsciously much of the time, we wander through a labyrinth of ever-changing emotions every day. My figures however, are frozen in time. The models, revealing themselves, are captured in the process of being. Life is magically bestowed upon us. We are all trying to make our way. We share a common ground of being. It is that which deeply touches me. As my work in sculpture develops, my hope is that it stands as a reminder of what it’s like to be human in our despair, elation, strength, powerlessness, sensuality, passion and desolation. Each piece is important only as a vehicle for a journey. If successful, the destination will illuminate the viewer’s own personal experience in a quiet and subtle way. Perhaps, to be unconscious of our shared humanity is to live nearsighted on a mountaintop.
Awarded honors and a Bachelor of Fine Art in 1979 from State University at Purchase and studied with accomplished artists: Antonio Frasconi, Michael Torlen and Leonard Stokes; continued education at the Arts Students League, the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan and Northern Westchester Center For The Arts, Mount Kisco. Selected Exhibits include the Neuberger Museum, and The Butler Gallery Purchase, NY; The Scarborough Gallery, Chappaqua; Gallery on the Rondout, Kingston; The Howland Art Center, Beacon; and the OPUS Gallery at Northern Westchester Center For The Arts, Mt. Kisco. Juried Shows include: “Viewpoints”, exhibit juried by Susan Cross, Curator of the Guggenheim Museum, NYC and the 26th Annual show at distinguished Salmagundi Club, Manhattan. Requested by the City of Beacon to perform sculpture demonstrations for the long awaited opening celebration of DIA.