Since the 1970s, Michelle Stuart has been internationally recognized for innovative works that synthesize Land art, drawing and sculpture. Stuart’s original approach to material and process has seen her create large-scale site specific works in the landscape, sculptural installations incorporating objects, drawings, and audio-visual elements, photographs and drawings and sculptures that bring the material of landscape – earth and rock – into the gallery. Her work articulates a profound engagement with the physicality of space and landscape and the contextual overlapping of nature and culture.
Throughout Stuart’s career photography has been a key element within her practice. In these works Stuart exploits photographs – that she has taken during her travels or in the studio as well as collected from archival sources – to create complex grid configurations. The grids articulate connections between images and places, and suggest grand narratives of journeys across time and space. Stuart has likened these works to ‘silent movies’. An inveterate traveller herself, these works encompass a range of loci from New York and Paris to the mountains of Machu Picchu and the oceans of Polynesia.
Since the early 1970s, Michelle Stuart has been included in Documenta 6, Kassel and biennials in both Asia and the Middle East. Recent important exhibitions include Michelle Stuart: Drawn From Nature at the Djanogly Art Gallery, Nottingham, the Parrish Art Museum, New York and Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 2013-14. She was included in the important survey exhibitions Afterimage: Drawing through Process, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, 1999-2000; Ends of the Earth: Land Art to 1974, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and Haus der Kunst, Munich, 2012; Alice in Wonderland at Tate Liverpool, 2012; and On Line: Drawing Through the Twentieth Century at MoMA, New York, 2010.
Stuart’s work is in major museum collections internationally, including MoMA, New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the National Gallery of Art, Washington, the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Moderna Museet, Stockholm and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Both the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York recently acquired major works.
Michelle Stuart: Biography
Michelle Stuart: Artist Website