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Michelle's Quarantine Practice
“With my art being more physical, I wanted to create an experience for the viewer, but with the lack of a physical exhibition space, it seemed impossible to achieve this experience. The book as exhibition however, helped me to gain a different perspective of how I could achieve this goal. The more time I spent with my work, the more I grew more affectionate towards it, and why I create it.
I have created my work through quarantine with many obstacles and triumphs. At first, the Petri dishes were a constant reminder of my anger and upset towards my condition, and then slowly over time, they served as a purpose for my practice, as they helped me create more vulnerable and intimate spoken word poetry.
The practice to create the dishes is very risky with it being mostly experimental, so creating more resined petri dishes during lockdown was impossible, due to the small space I am in. One of the perks, of my quarantine practice, was that I spent more time with what I had already made before lockdown. My plan was to make hundreds of these resined dishes, but in the end I had to accept I’d only be working with 13 of them. Which at first I thought would be an issue, but in the end it worked out in my favour.
After getting used to the lighting within my work, I took new images of my work. Casting shadows and colourful light streams, I then reflected on the images I took, and created spoken word poetry as a response to it. The poetry I write is about me accepting my body, and loving myself and my condition. All of this further lead me to the final pieces in the book in which I used a light box to create the same effects with the lighting, and having a line from a poem I created to correspond to the image.