Michele Morcos: upcoming artist-in-residence

Michele Morcos in her Camperdown studio, 2013

Michele Morcos is a visual artist with a studio practice in Sydney. She graduated from the College of Fine Arts (UNSW) in 1999 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting) and a BA Honours in Art Theory. After living overseas and travelling throughout Europe, Michele held her first solo exhibition in 2002 followed by over 20 group exhibitions throughout Australia. Twice she has been a finalist for The Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship and was a finalist for The Mosman Art Prize in 2009. In 2010 Michele completed a six-month studio residency at The Primrose Studios in North Sydney, which concluded with a major exhibition in June. Michele has worked in Sydney galleries for 10 years and until recently worked for Object: Australian Design Centre in Sydney. In 2012 Michele held her 3rd solo exhibition at Breathing Colours Gallery Balmain, and helped to establish a new Pop Up Art Space in North Sydney. In February 2013 she started a studio residency with Marrickville Council where she completed a new body of work for a solo exhibition at Chrissie Cotter Gallery in July 2014, while teaching workshops to the community in coil weaving and abstract drawing & painting. In 2015 Michele was an artist-in-residence at The Milos Studios in Skopelos Greece and she will soon be exhibiting work from that residency at Koskela in Rosebery NSW.

Michele Morcos, (in) place, diptych, 2015, acrylic on canvas

My work is an exploration of colour, texture and light through painting, drawing, coil weaving and photography. During my residency at Gunyah I plan to focus on the light and the colours that filter through the landscape in the Port Stephens area, with the intention of building a new collection of drawings and paintings for a future exhibition, and a plein air painting submission for the 2016 NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize. I intend to take my time walking through the environment, writing poetry, sketching, coil weaving and observing the sights and sounds of the bushland I will collate and curate the resource material for this new body of work.

Michele Morcos, Traces of white light, 2015, mix media drawing on paper

For more images and information on Michele's practice please visit her website - www.michelemorcos.com

Michele Morcos, Big sky installation, 2015, coil-woven forms
Michele weaving in her studio, 2013, photo by John Mangila