Michelle Hauser’s practice is dominated by painting, photography and a convergence of both mediums. These disciplines manifest distinct bodies of work from hybrid objects that are comprised of hundreds of found photographs, to paintings derived from natural events that tilt Maine’s landscape into abstraction. Each body of work informs a progression of ideas that leads to a melding of methods. Her interdisciplinary work amplifies the power and complexity of a signal image and underscores 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 has been awarded residencies at The MacDowell Colony for the Arts, Millay Colony for the Arts, Haystack Mountain School of Craft, Hewnoakes Artist Colony and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. 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––-experiencing all that Maine has to offer is germane to her work.