Michelle's ocean piece features an eight foot mermaid. Her
tail is encrusted with little soup cans and soda bottles, sequins and glitter.
The border of the piece is made of scraps of velvet and a patchwork of
other materials forms a raggedy frame. Michelle's mermaid is the subject
of a book she is working on. When the ocean show came along, Michelle saw
another direction her mermaid could plunge into.
Michelle teaches at St. Michaels School in Cranford, NJ. She has shown
her work at many museums and galleries across the country, including Lincoln
Center, New York City, and as far away as Barcelona, Spain.
The piece seen here is not Michelle's first to be exhibited at Robert Wood
Johnson Hospital, New Brunswick, NJ. She also painted a commissioned mural
for the Department of Cardiac Surgery.