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MICHELLE WASSON
Chicago, IL

MFA , 2001
 
WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
ST. LOUIS,  MO


BFA, 1996
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS
CHAMPAIGN,  IL

These paintings evolved from my interest in Buckminster Fuller inspired dome dwellings. The Psychology of these homes—both their owners’ and architects’—and the serendipitous nature of happening across one of these alien structures on a backwoods road trip, led me to research a greater variety of exceptional and unconventional dwelling designs from around the world.  Whether to create ecologically sustainable shelter; react to the track housing of suburbia; or simply allow the owner to live “off the grid”; many of these homes are born of utopian idealism or naiveté.
 Based on existing designs of built and un-built dwellings this work re-presents these structures as part of plasticized fantasy landscapes. Functioning as their analogues, my paintings create awareness of these distinct structures’ existence at the same time offering the viewer a momentary escape ripe with imaginative play.
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- Michelle Wasson
  2007

 

Brave Sanctuary,  2003
Acrylic on panel,  35" x 48"


Mergeco, 2003
Acrylic on panel,  28" x 38"