Michelle Dietz

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The focus of my work lies mainly in merging the processes of ceramics and drawing.  I often begin with clay, whether as a slab or on the wheel, and work until it embodies a “canvas-like” quality, ready to be drawn and painted on with ceramic slips (similar to paint).  I enjoy working with the rough yet delicate texture of ceramics as well as the way the material absorbs slips.  Drawing is then added to the surface to create a rich landscape.  Multiple pieces are produced and used to create a single idea or narrative in all of my work.  As an art education major, I have had the privilege to work with a wide variety of art media.  I find myself producing pottery, sculpture, drawings and prints utilizing many of the same techniques I teach my students.

Growing up in rural Minnesota has produced a deep attachment to the movement of the land around me.  Whether through seasons or traveling, I have become acutely aware of the constant change of the landscape.  Utilizing an emphasis on the horizontal plane, positive and negative space, and disjointed surfaces, I represent scenery both abstractly in my sculptural work and realistically through drawing.  I find one piece of work rarely enough to describe the scenery surrounding me in detail.  Instead multiple pieces are made to reflect physical landscapes and those found in fairy tales. 



2011, Double Major, Studio Art and Art Education, Gustavus Adolphus College, St Peter MInnesota.