From: 11th August 2021
To: 8th September 2021
Michelle Dash is based in South Gloucestershire where she works from her home studio.
She gained a BA (hons) from Exeter College of Art and Design in 1986, working mainly in ceramics, producing large sculptures and reliefs.
After her degree she switched to painting, largely for practical reasons, and has since exhibited paintings and drawings on a regular basis in Bristol, Bath and North Somerset.
She now enjoys working with a wide variety of media including drawing, painting, collage and ceramics. Her pieces often incorporate found objects and recycled items.
Influences and interests include European medieval and early Renaissance art, as well as myths, fairy tales and dreams. These become reinterpreted or reimagined during the process of making and the finished pieces often suggest a story or psychological drama - drawing the viewer into engaging with possible identities and narratives. Recurring themes are metamorphosis, disguise, performance, hiding and revealing. There is often an element of dark humour.
From 2001 to 2016 Michelle worked as an art therapist in the NHS and voluntary sector. Although now retired from art therapy, her experience in the field has given her a strong belief in the transformative potential of art making. With a continuing interest in the area of arts and health, she runs art groups, workshops and classes (mostly for adults) with an emphasis on learning through experimenting and exploring in a supportive, non-judgemental atmosphere.