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Michelle Kimbrell
Tennessee
This body of work is a tribute to my mother and her journey in life. I find that I am drawn back to my mother over and over again when creating work.
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Media:  Fiber, Mixed Media, Photography

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Georgia State University - BA, Studio Art
Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute

This body of work is a tribute to my mother and her journey in life. I find that I am drawn back to my mother over and over again when creating work. I find her to be a fascinating creature and a beautiful subject to work with. She is also readily available and allows me to use her imagery! My grandmother took some of the photos I have used. As a lover of photography myself, this is an added layer that also pays tribute to her and the fact that she was the "family photographer" in her day.

I have used a photo transfer technique using the printmaking press to achieve a grainy black and white base layer to start each piece. Next I used hand cut stencils, a water based ink, and the printmaking press to layer in a faint pattern. This pattern was then used to map out where I would hand embroider on the piece. The two patterns found in this work are circles and flowers. Both are being used as symbols of life's journey. I chose a color palette that would complement the photo transfers but also give a bit a "life" to the pieces. I chose to do an ombré effect with the hand embroidery to mimic the rings of a tree, once again commenting on life's journey.