Imperfections, flaws, rust, asymmetry, texture, peeling paint and the principles of wabi-sabi all enliven and excite Michelle Y Williams. She approaches her blank canvas with just a beginning and no preconceived end result. Williams seeks to find balance within the work; experimenting and exploring ways to refine her craft without self-constraint. “If I am able to engage the observer, make a connection which couldn’t be conveyed verbally and ultimately elicit a visceral reaction - my work is done.”
Michelle Y Williams began her cut series in 2001. beginning with steel which is torched by hand, she applies her various materials creating small, original paintings which cross the line into dimensional sculpture by way of her trademark plexiglass mount using bronze hardware. These small works may also become a sort of maquette, often inspiring larger works on canvas or wood. Many of Michelle’s loyal collectors await with anticipation of new pieces for their expanding collections of her ongoing “cut” series.