The passing of time and the collection of memory can be as physical as they are experiential. The poignant work of Baltimore-based artist Michelle Dickson explores this juxtaposition through her collection, “Neither Mine Nor Yours.”
As a process-oriented artist, Dickson began with a cast of her own face combined with pieces of wood found on hikes around Baltimore and D.C. “Through process the work deals with a continual pattern of confronting uncertainty and accepting it,” she says. “This is realized through the use of unarchival materials and constant experimentation and risk-taking. I work intuitively without much pre-planning.”
Dickson’s sculptures capture the movement and weight of memory through the combination of textures and surfaces, producing highly tactile work. This, in turn, makes viewers want to touch or hold the pieces. “This inability to touch has the potential to evoke the same intangibility of memory,” Dickson says.
While the themes of time and mortality are ongoing in Dickson’s work, she took a more inward approach here. “This series uses the form of the self-portrait to investigate identity and my place in a world where the future seems more uncertain than ever.”
> Michelle Dickson is a resident at School 33 Art Center in Baltimore. michelledickson.com