My sculpture and other works focus on the delicate balance between nature versus human society and technology. The duality of this relationship is explored in both materials and subject matter. The combination of the two factions produce mysterious yet familiar forms. For example, both feathered helmets and chestnut pods encased in carpet tacks serve as a proverbial "call-to-arms" for environmental protection. Human figures shaped from twigs and branches offer a less heavy-handed reminder of our covenant with mother nature.
In my art, I strive to replicate the animated quality that all living things possess. That is what makes nature beautiful. My job as an environmental artist is to capture that beauty in my work while instilling a message into it. - M.L.
Michelle Lougee is a fiber artist, sculptor, and ceramist. Her work addresses the impact of our consumerist society on nature. She is a member of the Boston Sculptors Gallery, and her artwork has been shown at Kunstverein Teirgarten in Berlin, Convento de Santo Domingo Qorikancha in Cusco, Peru, the Peabody Essex Museum, the Art Complex Museum, and the Trustman Gallery at Simmons College.
In addition, she teaches sculpture at Lesley University College of Art and Design. She resides with her family in Cambridge, MA and maintains a studio at Vernon Street Studios in Somerville, MA.
Michelle also is a freelance illustrator whose credits include business and financial publications such as Software, Strategy and Business, and Bloomberg Wealth Manager.