Alease Michelle, Rock Hill, SC Member Since July 2008 Artist Statement Alease Michelle considers herself a collage architect. She has always been wildly drawn to the process of creating beautiful things from found objects, and sees inspiration all around. Her passion is to breathe new life into bits and pieces of old, worn, and forgotten elements and incorporate them into her work. She enjoys implying the rough outline of a story with the images she chooses and by the bits of ephemera she adds.
Alease's love for family history led her to explore photography as another way to share life stories and family experiences. She believes that her combined art forms, put simply, are a celebration of family and life. Family photos call forth pride and the need to celebrate being part of a family. Her passion for family history has allowed her to construct compositions made from fragments of different photos, objects, and letters to tell thier unique stories. Her work further allows the viewer to create thier own stories about thier families and the people who grace thier lives.
Alease Michelle is a native of South Carolina currently living in Rock Hill, with her beloved dog, Maxwell. She holds a B.A. in Graphic Design from the University of South Carolina and an M.A. in visual arts from Goddard College. She is currently working on Ed.D. in curriculum and instruction. She continues to nurture her passion for creating beautiful things by teaching others what she loves. Presently, she is a full-time faculty member at the Art Institute of Charlotte in the Fashion Marketing and Management program.