Michelle Morin: Featherball

Released Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Featherball, by Michelle Morin.
15% of the sale of this print goes to the Farm Sanctuary.

Michelle Morin is an illustrator and painter who lives and works on the North Shore of Massachusetts. She graduated with a BFA in painting and art history from Massachusetts College of Art. Her work combines elements of the natural world with intricate geometric patterns. When she is not painting, she is either planning her next move in her small but productive backyard garden, or stalking the elusive Sandhill Crane in the many protected marshlands of the north shore.

About the print:
Featherball is part of an ongoing series of nature collections where organic elements have amassed into new and abstract forms. The inspiration comes from the giant fern balls I saw perched up in the tree tops while hiking on the coast of Oregon.

This is a digital print on acid free, Neenah uncoated matte 100lb cover paper that is 80% recycled. It was digitally signed by the artist and was numbered by The Working Proof.


What has inspired you recently?
As simple as it may sound right now, I am mostly inspired by the transition from summer to autumn. I love witnessing four months worth of saturated green vegetation so quickly shift to a specific palette of burnt color, almost as if someone set fire to the season. I've also been really drawn to theBrown Pelican. They have such a beautiful form that is both elegant and prehistoric looking.

Why did you choose to pair Farm Sanctuary with your print?
I chose to pair Featherball with Farm Sanctuary because I have a deep respect for animals and believe they should not suffer. This organization has a unique solution for protecting these animals and for teaching the unfortunate consequences of factory farming.

How have you seen art transform the world around you?
I can't speak to this in any global sense, but I do believe in the ability for art to activate both curiosity and passion in an individual. These are two things I would consider as crucial ingredients for positive change.

If you could pick one artist to mentor you, who would it be?
Fred Tomaselli, because he is a self proclaimed "maximalist" who isn't afraid to cram his paintings with as much information and pattern as possible.

Who are some artists you think people should know about?
Jeremy Miranda.

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