Michelle Y. WILLIAMS

(1969 -)


Biography

Michelle Y Williams is a Houston based creator, explorer, humanitarian, and artist. The imagination of her work is evoked through multiple channels, including canvas, wood, metal, plexiglas and clay. Yet, it is an absence of negativity and cynicism, which sustain the heart of her creations: a mélange of interwoven spirit and gratitude.

Inside her studio is where she can always be found, cloistered in, as if a closet in the wall of the world she scarcely leaves, unassuming of her successes, ensconced in her appetite to create, to expose herself only in her art, which can be displayed as a proxy, as our closest impersonator of her innermost self.

Michelle's privacy within her studio walls should not mark reclusion, but illuminate the independence with which she works, conquering the materials at her disposal as opposed to the materials of the everyday that fail to incite change, to bring about a bettering in people.

Much of michelle's methods gain influence from the worldview wabi-sabi, a japanese aesthetic that embraces the transient self. That is to say, rather than disregarding one's weaknesses, or thinking of such imperfections from a state of confrontation, Michelle, as put forth in her work, seeks to embody these reputed flaws.

In accepting the process of life, of its misshapen ways and understated moments, one can maintain a fuller sense of self, and approach once challenging faults with gratification, with thankfulness. In a stain, we find understanding; in a dent, our ability to heal; in a blemish, an unchained beauty. Michelle's art is a diligent offering of this ideal, of the concerted outlook we must bring into others, and into our own lives.

Exhibition

2013
"Recent Paintings", Addison Gallery, Delray Beach, FL

2012
"Best Laid Plans", Aberson Exhibits, Tulsa, OK

2011
"Headlock", Michelle y Williams gallery, Houston, TX
"Interact", Kaller Fine Arts, Bethesda, MD
"Canvas", Aberson Exhibits, Tulsa, OK

2010
"Dialectic", Michelle y Williams gallery, Houston, TX
"Project A5", Artamo Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA

2009
"Fire & Ice", Michelle y Williams gallery, New Orleans, LA

2008
"Divergent Abstractions", Deloney Newkirk, Santa Fe, NM
"ArtWorks", Laura Rathe Fine Art, Houston, TX
"New Works", Gallery IMA, Seattle, WA

2007
"Texas Connection", Artamo Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
"Abstraction-Three Points of View", Deloney Newkirk, Santa Fe, NM
"Paintings & Sculpture", AnArte Gallery, San Antonio, TX
"Lightness", Artamo Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
"Recent Works, Grand Contemporary, Lafayette, LA
"Pulse", Laura Rathe Fine Art, Houston, TX

2006
"Cross Currents: American Paintings", Kevin Barry, Los Angeles, CA
"Urban Series", Mind Puddles Gallery, Houston, TX

2005
"Urban Series NY", Phoenix Fine Art, Nyack, NY
"New Paintings", Grand Contemporary, Lafayette, LA
"Recent Paintings", Mind Puddles Gallery, Houston, TX
"Third Anniversary Show", Mind Puddles Gallery, Houston, TX

2004
MAC Fine Art, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Bering James Gallery, Houston, TX
"1000 Words", Mind Puddles Gallery, Houston, TX
Swanson Reed Galleries, Louisville, KY

2003
"Recent Works", Mind Puddles Gallery, Houston, TX
"Recent Paintings", Phoenix Fine Art, New York, NY
"Williams - Betz", Betz Gallery, Houston, TX

2002
"Natural Selection", Dragon Gallery, Hamptons, NY