Michele Bledsoe and Joe Machine Have Two Things in Common


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When Kathy unwrapped Michele’s delivery to the gallery, she swore the painting above was a print. I had to show her this wasn’t true, that I believe the substrate shows through because Michele Bledsoe pushes all of herself onto the canvas, and keeps pushing.

She posts on a blog from time to time, brief poetic lines that say much with so little.

I can see see the painter seeing in the painting. For me there is no other way to view fine art. I think Stuckism knows this but has not come to admit it yet. Thoreau wrote:

Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other’s eyes for an instant?

Michele Bledsoe is a self-taught artist and has been exhibiting her paintings and drawings in galleries for almost 20 years. Inspired by the beautifully illustrated children’s books she grew up with, Michele started creating art when she was a child, and never stopped. She is the co-author and illustrator of The Secret Kingdom, a children’s book of paintings and poetry celebrating the world of dreams. She is also the illustrator of Lemon Bee and Other Peculiar Tales by author, Patricia Lynn Dompieri. Michele is a passionate supporter of the arts and encourages artists of all ages to express themselves creatively and to share her lifetime love of creating pictures.

Time is creeping. The exhibition is poised to close in 2 days. I promised two things in common with Michele and Joe Machine. One is their mutual Stuckism, the other is what Joe writes here:

From Stuckism—Higher Purpose in Art (by Joe Machine):

For me Stuckism is about right thinking and right action, freedom from rather than freedom to. Those who see it as a revolution and its participants as radicals in the art world are missing the point and miring themselves in low level egotistical pretensions, there is something much more important at work in terms of what has and what can be achieved. Neither do I see Remodernism as an experiment, but part of a great tradition, one that if practised to its proper capacity within the individual, can both confirm and change the life experience of both painter and audience. Using self-confrontation in art is one of the central pillars of Stuckism. This has not only given me purpose in life, it has helped me to transcend my past, to examine and explore a wider universal structure and my place within it. Painting is my method but Stuckism has been my chamber of journey, allowing me to identify not just what I want to depict in life but what is necessary.