Michelle Droll: Landslide Between a Rock and a Place
For Release: August 2011
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Michelle Droll: Landslide
Between a Rock and a Place
On View October 29, 2011 – February 19, 2012
Akron, Ohio, August 1, 2011 —Presenting landscape in a situation of self-survival, Michelle Droll’s Landslide Between a Rock and a Place will be on view October 29, 2011 – February 19, 2012, at the Akron Art Museum. Landslide joins SuperNatural: Landscapes by Bruce Checefsky and Barry Underwood as a complement to the museum’s presentation of Landscapes from the Age of Impressionism, an exhibition of over 50 impressionist paintings. All three exhibitions open to the public on October 29, 2011.
Kent area artist Michelle Droll uses paint scraps from her studio, Styrofoam and other recycled man-made materials to construct objects that represent landscape as both a physical and imaginary place. Droll will transform the museum’s Judith Bear Isroff gallery with a vibrant sculptural installation that brings landscape painting to life while at the same time referencing present-day environmental concerns.
Captivated by the idea of “building” a landscape painting out of the junk that’s found in the contemporary landscape, Droll questions, “What do we actually see when looking at landscape?” Droll states, “There are natural elements, but also the manmade environment. This is what inspired me to make my landscapes come alive by making them free-standing, three dimensional works. I love giving value to scraps that others would discard. When I combine all these scraps, I can transform them into something meaningful.”
The exhibition’s focal point is Gusher, a swirling, towering wave through which aquatic plants, animals and debris escape from an oil spill to be carried away by a flock of birds. A wall drawing, which Droll conceives as a “paint spill”, will be composed of tiny fragments of paint scraps and will provide an alternative view of this world. “I like the idea of presenting a monumental object along with its ‘map’ on the wall as a way of viewing the same idea in different ways. It will allow me to layer skins of paint in a similar but much more delicate way on the wall,” Droll states.
About the Artist
Originally from upstate New York, Michelle Droll received her Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management from Utica College of Syracuse University before moving to Ohio. Sparked by her passion for art, Droll earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2002 and a Masters of Fine Arts degree in painting from Kent State University in 2004 before taking a job as an engineering technician at Dominion East Ohio in 2006.
Her passion for art and conservationist attitude led her to make artwork that is environmentally friendly. While most artists stock supplies from art and craft supply stores, Droll collects palette scrapings, fragments of [hers and others’] former projects and other recyclable goods to manipulate and create her artwork.
For more information on Michelle Droll, visit her website at http://www.mdroll.net/.
This exhibition was organized by the Akron Art Museum and is supported by the museum’s Evelyne Shaffer Endowment for Exhibitions.
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