Michelle Rumney, Granada Member Since January 2010 Artist Statement What can I say about me?
Michelle Rumney was born in England in 1967 and is the author of “Agnes Martin: A Journey, A Response” and several other books she hasn’t written yet. She works also as a Creative Coach, helping people release their thinking and realise their Dreams, their Adventures and their personal Joy in life.
So, a summary of her own ventures so far: after film school in London, a year long journey of discovery in New Zealand and 10 years in the fast–paced world of special effects animation for commercials, plus a brief and wonderful stint at the Royal Opera House as a video and sound technician, she ran off to art college to learn to paint with mud.
As part of an international exchange program, she journeyed to New Mexico to study shamanism, anthropology, minimalism and Zen art. After a further year developing her ideas about colour, people and life in Mexico City and researching her thesis through an art quest across the States with Jesse, her dog, she returned to the UK to graduate with first class honours.
Settling back into the familiar world of post production and media, she developed her business and management skills as a producer, heading up teams of web designers and game developers during the internet explosion. More interactive projects followed, but an opportunity to study art in Barcelona proved irresistible, so she fulfilled a long-term ambition to lead a bohemian life in Europe, spent a year sticking labels all over the place and was eventually awarded an MA.
And then the most amazing venture of all (cliché but true) – parenthood! The birth of their first son, Hal, helped Michelle and David, her partner of more than 20 years decide to make the move to family-friendly Spain (ooh, 2 cliches in one paragraph).
Not content with the sole challenge of moving countries, they also took on the nearly impossible task of building their own home in a foreign language, having another child, TheO, and forming a small documentary production company.
After living in a yurt in the garden for more than 2 years while the house was being built, they can say with confidence that they’ve experienced back to basic living first hand and are now grateful on a daily basis for hot water and also for no longer having to go outside to get anything from the fridge.