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Michelle de Villiers, Artist from South Africa


Artist's Biography

Michelle was born and raised in South Africa, where she attended Art School in Pretoria. After a career in engineering, project management, and raising a family, she returned to her first passion and now paints, sculpts and writes. Her style is loose and energetic, with an expressionist flavor. Her recent work looks at change, fear and growth.


Artist's Statement

This portion of the mosaic (E6) has within it the mouth, which is a primary, intimate and vulnerable source of expression. It vividly presents voice, taste and emotion, essential attributes for human wellbeing that should not be silenced or ignored. A confident voice is free to nurture the roots that feed resilience, strength and creativity, and will pass on these attributes. The grey, downtrodden figure is renewed like the salmon swimming upstream, to give birth to the next generation.