Emergence Artist Profile: Tash & Michelle
Photos by Michelle Troop.
What did you have for breakfast this morning?
Michelle: An egg on toast, courtesy of one of the chooks, cooked by the lovely Tanya Ransom!
Tash: Papaya, Raisin toast and Rooibos tea with milk & honey.
What are you working on at the moment?
Michelle: Some Elements work, I’m editing a wedding and a family photo shoot, a collaborative piece with Tash and a projection.
Tash: I am creatively consumed by our Emergence artwork as well as painting & designing for my Face Painting & Henna Body Art Business.
What inspires you to create?
Michelle: Music, travel, friends, people, nature, the environment, bookshops and other artists who are doing their thing.
Tash : Love of nature; wonder in the universe; the billions of possibilities to explore with different mediums!!!; the tactile element of visual arts- creating something tangible with my hands; good art shops and bookshops; travel and adventure-big and small; other talented and creative people pursuing their dreams; fulfilling my purpose in this lifetime; being a mother; translating my experiences and thoughts on life, love and spirituality to connect to and inspire others; being in the glorious creative zone where nothing else matters.
What kind of reaction do you want your art to evoke?
Michelle: Each piece is different. Margaret River Exposed was about belonging and connecting. People were so positive about that project. The latest project I’m working on with Tash is essentially about balance. I don’t know how people will feel about this piece. If they feel anything at all when they see it…we’re on the right track.
Tash: It changes depending on the piece, but generally I want to take people into a quiet space away from the maddening crowd. I like creating possibilities and worlds that we don’t necessarily “see in the real world”, and to play with layers of reality by using mixed media and different levels of “completed-ness” in my work.
What are you working on for the Emergence Creative Festival this year?
Michelle: Tash and I are collaborating on a street poster/projection titled “Weight of the World.” I’ve photographed a friend of mine for this and Tash is illustrating the image with ink. It’s about balance…or lack of it. We’d like to see it eventually come alive, so we’re keeping an ear out for an animator…
Tash: It grew from a kindred love and respect for nature; concern for the destructive, disconnected relationship our human species has with the Earth; and the desire to change this relationship from owners and consumers of the Earth, to co-inhabitants and custodians of a living planet.
Where will we see you and your work throughout the Emergence Creative Festival?
Michelle: The image will be projected in a few different venues during the festival.
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