Michele Monseau earned her BFA from Youngstown State University and her MFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She is a professional working artist, musician and vocalist exhibiting nationally and internationally, an educator, and founder/director of Three Walls Gallery since 1999, which in recent years has become a roving space that mounts special projects. In 2014, she received an Idea Fund grant to realize an exchange project between Three Walls and Centro Cultural Border in Mexico City.
Selected exhibitions include: Occupy Museums at the Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; American Splendour, Ilon Gallery, NY, NY; Arising Project/Yoko Ono, Reykjavik Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland (participant/exhibitor); Common Currents, San Antonio Tricentennial Celebration Exhibition, Artpace, San Antonio, TX; Vignette Art Fair, Women’s Museum, Dallas, TX; Nature, Nurture, Torture, Sala Jesús Gallardo, Instituto de Cultura de León, León, Mexico; Numinous Inscriptions, MauMau Gallery, during the annual city-wide video festival “Loop” in Barcelona, Spain; Texas Contemporary Art Fair, Fotofest International & Houston Center For Photography Booth, Houston, TX; ArtSpace, at the CAA Conference in New York City; swingsong (purplerain) at the McNay Museum of Art, San Antonio; Gone Again II at Blue Star Contemporary Art Center, San Antonio, TX; Communion of Saints, David Shelton Gallery, Houston, TX.
My current work explores imagistic, cinematic external and internal landscapes. By seeking out discrepancies between individual experience of the landscape and corporate, collective abuse of the environment, and using the motif of flora and fauna, the endangered beauty of the landscape combines with the anthropologic. The work, primarily the moving image and photography, layers different aspects of the landscape using the human figure as vessel—a conduit for and casualty of the sublime. The landscape as monument—sometimes tranquil, off-balance, beautiful or ominous, and the frequently destabilized horizon in the video works invite the audience to reconsider preconceived notions of their place within the systems of the planet. Bi-lateral symmetry is used in reference to the divine and camera movement evokes a sense of balance/unbalance. Many layers of audio incorporate original compositions, voice, instrumentation, feedback and ambient sound.