In my most recent work ideas of time and space are interwoven with layers of psychological engagement, cultural memory, and spiritual quest; reimagining and disrupting standard patriarchal and colonial systems.
Ancient navigational methods, specifically the star compass, Polynesian stick charts, and the Astrolabe, inform and explore the intersection of space and time with human intuition and spirit. Inspired by these methods I have been practicing a form of mapping that draws from these ancient ideas of the human relationship to environment, time and space.
My paintings are an expansion of this mapping practice and push further into imagined realms. The work presents a perspective that situates the viewer in a physical and emotional state creating a space for new ideas to be born into the quivering unknown.
Michel Droge has taught at Maine College of Fine Arts and SMCC . Her work has recently exhibited at Frank Brockman Gallery, University of Maine Farmington, Brandeis University, June Fitzpatrick Gallery and the Cue Foundation in New York. She is a recipient of a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant and two Maine Arts Commission grants. She is a Mentor for the Collective “Seven” and served on various panels at the ICA@MECA and the Portland Museum of Art.