Michelle Mansour - Room 213

The tensions between the scientific and the spiritual, the corporeal and the ethereal are what drive the work. My process includes layering translucent washes of color and building up a system of marks. As amorphous shapes bloom through the application of fluid pigment to wet surfaces, the marked ground references a stained biology slide. I proceed by applying tiny marks and patterns to create an ethereal space where particles gather and disperse in an endless cycle. In some areas these particles accumulate, and in the case of the works on panel, layers of silicone begin to grow, emerge, and cluster on the surface, mimicking how cells coalesce into tissues, cysts, and tumors.

The result is the juxtaposition of the beautiful and the grotesque, surfaces that both attract and repulse. While the initial impetus for these compositions is symmetrical, the mutability of the materials often disrupts a perfect equilibrium. Fluctuating between organic fluidity and manipulated surfaces, I use this combination of techniques to speak about the tension between what we can and cannot control in our own physiology. While the subject matter suggests the seemingly inevitable possibility of illness and disease, the paintings serve as meditations on the exquisite and delicate balance of the natural world.

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For more information about Michelle Mansour, please visit her website.