Michele Rushfeldt
Medium: Sculpture and Mixed Media

Studio Location:
62 18th Street
Studio # 7

Email: mrushfel2@gmail.com

Website:: www.michelerushfeldt.com

Artist Bio:
Michele Rushfeldt is a visual artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. Her three-dimensional work focuses on sexuality and kink, representing over-performative bodies, and depicting a variety of elegant, glittering, dripping, and twisting sculptures and panels - characters in the midst of their sexual 'acts.' Materials take on a dominant role. Latex, rope, harnesses, steel, fabrics, and paints create dimensional forms that feel and look like the materials they employ: Stretchy, tense, balancing, caked with glitter, bulging, and translucent. Her works embrace the humorous and peculiar aspects of exhibitionism, suggesting skin, bodily fluids, and voyeurism. Each piece or grouping encapsulates a tense balance, with harder materials hanging on softer ones and a dependence on the architecture for submissive support. Originally from Minneapolis, MN, Rushfeldt obtained her BFA in painting from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, then her MFA from Pratt Institute. Her work has been exhibited nationally, including galleries in California, Washington, D.C., and New York.

Artist Statement:
I make mixed media works that represent over-performative bodies, and depict the humor and variations of sexuality. I take inspiration from my own observations and experiences using materials associated with sex and kink. The resulting works depict a variety of elegant, glittering, dripping, and twisting forms and panels - characters in the midst of their 'acts'. Materials take on a rather heavy-handed role in the artworks I make. Unlike in painting or drawing, they do not use their materials as tools making pictures of figures or ideas, but instead, the materials themselves become the abstract bodies that they refer to. Latex, rope, harnesses, steel, silicone, leather, and fabrics, along with spray paint, and resins, create three-dimensional forms that feel and look like the materials they employ: hard and soft, stretchy, tense, balancing, caked with glitter, and bulging. Through its materiality and tactility, each piece chooses to show its layers, protrusions, or bones. The work embraces a humorous and peculiar aspect of sexual interaction, some suggesting skin and bodily liquids, and voyeuristic tendencies. With each piece, and grouping of pieces, I attempt to encapsulate a tense, yet focused, balance, with many of the harder materials hanging or dependent on the softer ones and a reliance on the ceiling or walls for a sort of submissive support.

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