Massachusetts artist Michele Poirier-Mozzone garnered national and international recognition for her work featuring the figure in oil paint or pastel as it is immersed and influenced by water and sunlight.
Michele's work has been featured in The Artists’ Network as well as in numerous print publications including International Artist Magazine (cover feature, Aug/Sept 2016), Pastel Journal Magazine, Practique des Arts, 2016 & 2018 (France) and Cape Cod Art Magazine (cover feature, 2017). Her work has been exhibited in group and solo shows as well as prestigious international competitions. Michele holds a Signature Member designation from the Pastel Society of America (PSA) and a Master Circle designation from the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS/MC). Her paintings are held in private collections across the United States and Europe.
"I pair my dual interests of figurative imagery and colorful abstraction to create paintings that are representational but also loose, fluid, and irregular. Aided by photographs, I work with soft pastel or oil paint to create multi-layered images that capture the unique feeling and distinct associations of the body suspended in water and in time.
The motivation behind this body of work is twofold. First, it allows me to paint what I love – the figure. Second, this series gives me the opportunity to explore areas of pure abstraction that exist naturally in turbulent, sunlight-drenched water. I find this unique atmosphere extraordinary.
Modeled on my daughters, friends, and even myself, the figures in this series are not meant to be readily identifiable as individuals. Rather, they provide an opportunity for viewers to place themselves within the context of my paintings to experience broken ribbons of sunlight, fascinating distortions, sounds of rushing bubbles, and the weightless, slow dance of movement which all occur below the water’s surface.
Within the works that make up Fractured Light, water is representative of life and change. Bubbles are placeholders for the ideas and intentions that rise from individuals to the open air. Through the interchange of figure, water, and air, the works in this series not only capture what would otherwise be fleeting moments of play and exploration, but also inner struggle and turmoil. Fractured Light is a compilation of snapshots in which we observe the figure reacting to an inner voice within this fluid, transformative environment."