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2024 Ohio Artist Registry Juried Exhibition

Michelle Blackstone

Website: Michelle Blackstone Art

Artist Statement

An obstruction is something that impedes passage or progress. Some are obvious while others are subconsciously overlooked. My work follows a thread of obstructions, investigating the ways in which historically gendered philosophies and traditionally gendered materials create obstructions in the way that art is viewed and received. Bringing together elements of craft and textiles such as patterning, dyeing, needlework, and quilting alongside landscape and oil painting, my work calls for a reconsideration of gendered categories. Blurring these lines, my work seeks to disencumber the lens through which we view certain types of work while honoring the contributions and labor of women throughout history whose thankless necessity-work we look to with admiration.