Michelle Holleys' work is light-hearted, yet eludes to darker meanings. Her attention to detail, while mastering figurative surrealism, add to the overall dreamland that she creates within her work. Influences can be tied to childhood cartoons, daydreams and nightmares, all coming together to form a world that is on the essence of existence but just out of reach.
Michelle Holley’s latest work is a latent commentary into the societal acceptance of the inhumane transgressions of our nations ancestors, and an oversaturated response from the victims of genocide. In her new work Holley remains influenced by powerful female figures in romantic and utopian landscapes, while revealing the contrasts between old and new, the grave similarities of the worlds treatment of the minority still rings true.
BFA: Western Illinois University