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Michelle Hayden

Sculpture • Mixed Media 3-D

Having always been captivated by the radiant qualities of nature, Michelle is compelled to create work rooted in soil that empowers transformation. Her sculptures unfold from a foundation of looking beyond what is first seen, embodying evolution, growth and healing. Michelle created a technique in which she reconstructs, through her lens, the small bits found in nature into form that can be seen, touched and held. Through this unique process that transmits her photographic imagery to textile, she layers with beeswax medium, cuts to shape, hand carves, sculpts, colors and often sews together in order to release three-dimensional forms that call out from their original surface, bringing them more fully alive. These forms experience a metamorphosis into new beings that beckon deeper inquiry into their intricate detail, form and relationship to the whole.  By integrating her love of ceramics, photography, drawing and sculpting, Michelle creates work that invites gentle inner reflection through the bridge of shared kinship and understanding offered through her sculpture, continuing her mission to use art as a healing force.