Michelle Lougee

Dec 30, 2011 No Comments by Sea Stories

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Michelle Lougee’s work is a collection of tactile pieces produced from a range of often-repurposed materials including plastic bags, fabric, cast-off electrical wires, fur, and clay. The work is based on organic form but often with an uncomfortable twist.

The delicate balance and struggle of nature versus human society and its technology is the focus of Lougee’s art. The duality of this relationship is explored in both materials and subject matter. The combination of the two factions produces mysterious yet familiar forms. For example, the labor-intensive process of transforming bags into yarn and then into artwork has produced colorful, whimsical, and lifelike interpretations of sea life including jellyfish, anemone, coral, and octopus.

Described as “very rich” and “thought provoking”, Lougee’s work forces viewers to reconcile its whimsical yet simultaneously dark nature.

Michelle Lougee is an environmental artist, sculptor and ceramicist. Her artwork has been shown in many New England museums, including the Peabody Essex Museum, Chesterwood, the Danforth Museum and the Art Complex Museum. In addition, she teaches ceramics at several local institutions. She holds a M.F.A. and a B.F.A. from Boston University and lives in Cambridge, MA with her family.

Michelle Lougee joined Boston Sculptors in 2004.

www.mlougee.com

Coastal Zone, Hibernal 2012

About the Editors

Casey R. Schulke grew up along the Kuskokwim River in a rural Athabascan village in Alaska fishing for king salmon and mushing her sled dog team. She now resides on the shores of Resurrection Bay in Seward, Alaska. Casey's a poet, a naturalist, a dog-lover, has two birds, and is married to a wonderful man.
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