Michelle Hauser’s practice is dominated by painting and photography and the convergence of both mediums. These disciplines generate distinct bodies of work from paintings derived from Maine’s landscape to pieces comprised of photographic collections. Nocturnes and the interconnectedness of the patterns and structures found in nature are constant themes of exploration in her work.
Like nature itself, the repetition and proliferation of iPhone imagery is used in her recent photographic series to echo the rhythms of the natural world; just as a single species, a tree for example over time produces endless variation that continues to echo its lineage, in this work her paintings or a found photograph become the point of origin. A single image is transformed into an abundance of unique photographs that are printed with digital negatives made from iPhone captures and layered combinations of historic photographic processes. Sequenced together this evolving series explores the permutation of color, pattern and texture, emanating from a single image in sequenced non-linear compositions that evoke the repetition yet endless variation of time.
Hauser made a lasting connection to Maine, at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture while earning her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. This connection lead her to return to Maine to paint for over a decade of summers before leaving New York City to become a year-round resident in 1995. She is the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and Maine Arts Commission Project Grant; and has been awarded residencies at The McDowell Colony for the Arts, Millay Colony for the Arts, Haystack Mountain School of Craft, Monhegan Artist’ Residency and Hewnoakes Artist Colony. Hauser has exhibited in galleries and museums in New York, Chicago, and Maine. From attending MaineMedia Workshops to persevering through winter’s isolation in her studio––Maine is germane to her work.