DomiCile Fall 2014

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Michelle: I currently live in Adelphi, Maryland and I have lived in Prince George’s County, Maryland all of my life. DomiCile: When was the moment that you knew inside that you were an artist? Michelle: I never really felt inside that I was an artist, I just realized that I saw things differently, and that there is beauty in the simplest of things. Creating, for me, is connecting with that beauty and expressing it through art. The natural beauty of stone intrigues and challenges me to bring out its hidden qualities using the figure. DomiCile: What inspires you to create? How does that inspiration show up in your work?

In the mid to late 2000s, I was active in the Women’s Caucus for Art’s Greater Washington, D.C. chapter as a way to jumpstart my personal career as an artist and curator. It was through my involvement with the organization that I met Michelle Fraizer, a local sculptor who is now currently the chapter’s president. Michelle is a multi-talented figurative sculptor who works primarily in stone and ceramic. Through her elegant and intriguing work, she celebrates the female form and explores emotions such as sensuality, strength, motherhood and everything in between. Subject themes are influenced by mythology, as well as contemporary social commentary.

Michelle’s passion for her chosen medium of sculpture is best described in her own words:

“Figurative sculpture has its history in ancient artifacts and has lengthy traditions in every culture. It is the cornerstone of what has led to the unique breadth of three dimensional visual art of the 20th and 21st centuries--that has been either in reaction to the past or has incorporated new materials and concepts expressive of contemporary vision.” I was happy that Michelle agreed to share her story with DomiCile. DomiCile: How long have you lived in the area?

Michelle: To be honest, it could be anything. I am open to finding, exploring and experiencing new things every day. I take those things and reflect on their impact upon me and that provides inspiration. There are a lot of layers in my work, although with stone it is difficult to see them all. My pieces reflect a certain transparency that is thought provoking, quietly questioning and observing, which is often at odds with my screaming inner self. For me, the inspiration is often hidden in the details and its implications are seen in my work. DomiCile: What is the best thing about being an artist in the D.C. region? Michelle: This is a very diverse area which houses many styles and views about art which we are fortunate enough to have free access to see and learn from. As an instructor, I am able to bring 41