Michele is a life-time resident of the San Francisco Bay Area. Growing up during the tumultuous 6o’s, she experienced the excitement of the West Coast art scene maturing to rival that of the East Coast, which had dominated up until that point. She is part of a second wave of the now-famous Bay Area Figurative movement as championed by David Parks, Richard Diebenkorn and Elmer Bischoff in the mid 20th century.

After receiving her degree from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, Michele applied her knowledge of figurative art to clay sculpture. Countless hours spent working with live models allows her to sculpt easily from memory. She intentionally distorts bodies to give her pieces a unique sense of movement.

Having honed her style over two decades of clay work, Michele’s innovative methods give rise to towering slab work with no visible means of support. Her figures seem to take shape as if by magic, grounded in the texture of the clay while simultaneously lifting in defiance of gravity.

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