The Calm Before the Storm
"The Calm Before the Storm" A stroll through my thoughts, childhood memories, and the garden of chaos.
Cyanotype - 22"x30" with handcrafted magnetic/wood hanging system.
“There is Chaos in the Garden” is an exploration of the artist’s thoughts, womanhood, childhood memories, gardening, and photography.
Michelle uses cyanotype, an alternative photographic process introduced by Sir John Herschel in 1842, to create her work. She works in multiple layers using the sun, watercolor paper, plants, and occasionally adds acrylic ink and watercolor for a sense of calmness with an underlying layer of chaos.
About the Artist
Michelle Smith-Lewis is a Seattle based photographer with more than 30 years of experience who specializes in creative portraiture and dance photography. Her work has appeared in newspapers, magazines, colleges, and corporations throughout the Seattle area. A number of her dance images are now part of the permanent collection of the Merce Cunningham Trust.
While keeping up with the advancement of digital photography, Michelle continues to work with traditional and alternative photographic processes. Galleries in New York, Vermont, Arizona, California, Oregon, Colorado, Louisiana, and throughout the Seattle Metropolitan area have exhibited her work. Several of her pieces are now held in private collections.