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2012 Hallie Ford Fellow

Michelle Ross

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(Left to Right) "Light Break: Flux," 2021.Oil, acrylic, graphite and chalk on panel, 40 x 50 in. "The Moving and the Not Wanting to Be Moved (JA)," 2019. Gouache on paper, fabric, oil, graphite on vintage found canvas mounted on panel, 12 x 12 in

Michelle Ross makes paintings out of a variety of materials in order to conjure a physical record and poetic response to being in the world.

Working out ways to dismantle and reimagine modernist legacies, Michelle Ross uses decorative, geometric and material-based languages of color and form to interrupt the overt visibility and overexposure of bodies and the assumptions often lodged in depiction, including the resultant biases around gender and sexuality. Notions of queer abstraction provide a model for presence, resistance and nuance within the familiar visual tropes of modernist abstraction. Her work has been exhibited at venues including Canada Gallery, New York, New York; Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery at the University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada; Shaw Gallery at Weber State University, Ogden, Utah; Portland Art Museum and Lumber Room in Portland, Oregon; and Rome International University, Rome, Italy. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Pacific Northwest College of Art and her Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing from Washington State University, Pullman, Washington.



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