Combining her personal and curatorial practice Michelle has a diverse range of skills which blend to make her an experienced community arts practitioner. Hailing from an education background, Michelle's main focus is on personally creating experimental, multi arts works as well as supporting emerging and experimental artists to take risks while create new, ambitious works in ambient spaces.
Michelle has curated new media arts projects in the North Queensland Region, Emergence | a series of collaborations between artists and scientists | The Bohemian Masquerade Ball, a multi arts performance showcase of emerging artists works, now in its fourth year and Luxlumin, a biennial digital projection festival in the Townsville CBD.
In terms of her own practice, Michelle is a soft sculpture installation artist who has created site specific works nationally and internationally. She has undertaken worldwide artists residencies. Working with textiles, light, paper and mixed media, she creates works which challenge and inspire the viewer to explore what 'being in the world' could mean.
She presently holds a seat on the Townsville City Council Arts and Cultural Committee, the James Cook University Industry Panel and classroom teacher on Thursday Island. The main focus of her community capacity building practice is to support young people in the region thereby creating opportunities for retention, succession and sustainability in the arts.