Michelle Hickling, Nottinghamshire Member Since December 2009 Artist Statement From an early age I have always been artistic with a natural creative flare, continually trying to find alternative uses for anything and everything. I have never been able to use objects as intended, and create things from the most unlikely of materials. It is fair to say that I have always had a very loose relationship with reality, and I believe this has given me my vivid imagination and inventiveness. Throughout my whole school life I would spend the majority of my time creating artwork, and much to all of my teachers annoyance, most of it was created in exercise books in the form of doodles, or Graffiti as they liked to call it. Graffiti or not, some subjects just never captured my imagination, and so I simply used to take myself somewhere that did. My mind. My reality. I have always believed that art is your safe place in an unsafe world. Forge your own world, and create your own reality. Its whatever you want it to be, and I've never looked back.