Creative Director + Artist

Michelle is a visual artist and curator fascinated by the relationship between art, the everyday and the ordinary person. In her early twenties Michelle was one of the main curators and founding directors of Knot Gallery where she developed a distinctive ‘installation’ aesthetic in the face of conventional artwork display … this was a bid to be non-exclusive and engage non-traditional art audiences. Her own personal artwork style is textile, assemblage and found-object based often using recycled or re-purposed materials.

As one half of artist duo Reef Knot, Michelle has directed a number of public art and installation works including I Heart Kings Cross (2009) for City of Sydney’s Art and About Festival and winning a SMAC award, City of Sydney’s Live Lanes projects The Sky is Falling! (2008), Windows to Imaginary Places (2007) and most recently Council Clean Up (2010). For Underbelly Arts Public Lab & Festival Reef Knot presented immersive works in the Carriageworks foyer, Zen and the Art of Train Riding (2007) and Hot Air (2008) as well as Filling in the Cracks (2010). Other recent projects include the music stage and foyer decor at the Finders Keepers Markets (2009-10), Hills Hoist stage decor (2005-07) and sculpture garden (2005-08) at Peats Ridge Festival as well as knitted installations for Good Vibrations Festival (2010) and Forbes & Burton Cafe (2010).

Michelle maintains a blog, toucan-dance,  offering her insights into the Sydney public art world as well general arty stuff she loves!