Artist Statement and CV

Statement:

Michelle Gauthier is a 27 year old artist and graduate from the Ontario Collage of Art and Design (OCADU) with a bachelor of fine arts in Criticism & Curatorial Practices. She also has a graduate certificate in Culture & Heritage Site Management from Centennial College. She started out as a painter at 13 years old, but has since moved on to work mainly in embroidery. It is because of this change in mediums that she feels very passionately about challenging the notion that works of the ‘fine art’ are more valuable than those of ‘craft’. Inspired by plants and flowers, personal experience, and the work of other artists, she creates a strong juxtaposition of form and content. In doing so, she hopes to help facilitate conversations around societal norms on controversial subjects, as well as to inspire others to see ‘ordinary’ things differently.

Curatorial Work:

  • Co-Curator & Event Organizer: Feminist Fiber Art Toronto: August 8-14, 2017 @ Craft Ontario, Toronto
  • Curatorial Intern: January 2016-April 2016 @ Craft Ontario Gallery, Toronto
  • Home*: April  14-30, 2016 @ BAND Gallery & Cultural Centre, Toronto
  • This is Not a Craft Fair Thesis Exhibition: March 2015 @ OCADU Transit Space, Toronto 
  • Intersections of Art and Craft: March 2014 @ OCAD University, Toronto
  • Various Solo Exhibitions: 2011-Present

Film Production Work:

  • Wardrobe Assistant; CF Productions Inc: March 2019, Various locations

    Awards:

    • 2nd Place in Summer Celebrations category, Canada Blooms Photography Competition (2019)
    • 2nd Place in Class 101- Non-Flowering, Toronto Cactus & Succulent Club Photography Competition (2019)
    • 1st Place in Class 102 - Flowering, Toronto Cactus & Succulent Club Photography Competition (2019)
    • 2nd Place in Class 108 - Flower(s) Dominating Picture, Toronto Cactus & Succulent Club Photography Competition (2019)
    • 1st Place in Class 301 - Monochrome, Toronto Cactus & Succulent Club Photography Competition (2019)
    • 1st Place in Innovation at the Emerging Toronto Artist Awards (2016)

    Features:

    • Full Member, Society For Embroidered Work (S.E.W): 2019
    • Art Your Heart Out (Michelle Gauthier): November 2018 @ CBCArts.com

    Education:

    • Graduate certificate with honours in Culture and Heritage Site Management (Centennial College, 2016)
    •  BFA in Criticism & Curatorial Practices (OCAD University, 2015)