SHARI MICHAUD - ARTIST STATEMENT
My paintings are currently focused on an Eager Bike series and 'Moab Landscape' series.
The Moab Landscape series paintings are compositions of displayed, mostly metal, machine parts and pieces I’ve seen throughout the city of Moab. I am drawn to the similarities between the patina of the decaying machines and the surrounding southwestern desert landscape. I enjoy painting the clean, clear lines of the machine parts, as well as what appears to be the desert’s deliberate, almost surreptitious reclamation of it’s minerals back to their natural origins.
The Eager Bike series grew out of an athletic injury I suffered preventing me from exercising outdoors. The bikes are poised to be taken for a ride - ‘eager’ - as I was, to get out
I view my Eager Bikes and the Moab Landscapes as reflections on humanity’s appropriation of the natural world, whether it's for recreation or progress. We are builders, inventors, and users of our surrounding materials and I have always been amazed at the way we design parts and pieces to fit and function together, much like other natural and social ecosystems. Everything functions together.. one way or another.
Shari’s artistic journey began at the University of Utah when she took her first ceramic class. Encouraged by friends and family, she continued her art education at Chapman University in Orange, California where she received her BFA in Studio Art. To combine her academic interest in social science with her passion for art, Shari completed her Ph.D. in Social Ecology/Environmental Analysis and Design at the University of California, Irvine in 2004. She studied the role of security measures in public space on perception of risk and fear of terrorist attack.
As with any worthwhile life journey, Shari’s path to art has been far from straight. With the exception of two years selling her ceramic sculptures at the Sawdust Festival in Laguna Beach, California and a brief stint as a docent for Orange County’s temporary collection of Mark di Suvero sculptures, art took a back seat and she taught social science courses at Penn State University. Shari subsequently transitioned to government service, where she had the opportunity to live overseas and spend the next ten years working for NATO and exploring Europe.
Today, Shari lives in Moab, Utah and though she occasionally needs to stock shelves and wait tables (so much for that Ph.D!) she is finally able to pursue art sort of full-time.