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Michele Utley Voigt

Place of birth: Oklahoma City
Date of birth: 16/08/1969
works and lives at Greenwich

Michele A. Utley Voigt
About Michele Utley Voigt
“When you define a space literally in a painting, you miss the energy and the physics of it,” explains Michele Voigt, contemplating the juxtaposition between the classical anatomy of her figure drawing and the fractured-plane geometry of her abstract backgrounds. Like the actions performed by her figures, the settings are allegorical. The space they define is emotional and psychological -- energetic -- rather than architectural. Favoring the colors of earth and minerals, they are chilled but natural, built of shadow, space, and light. Though mostly nudes, these images are not sexualized -- they are not even really personalized, as Voigt uses white masks or other means to stop them being read as too individual. These choices, similar to the choice of maintaining her spaces as abstract fields, focus on the universality of the given narrative without the distraction of biographical curiosity. Especially since her subject matter is often fraught with profound, deeply felt, personal symbolism. Each compositional element is arrayed so the figure can express itself directly, not unlike in the continuum of modern dance, where the body is a storyteller, speaking a language of awkward, angular, muscular, unconventional movement. “There’s beauty in everything -- even struggle and tragedy,” says Voigt. Even in her own. Sinu Ina (Into the Light) shows three figures seated one behind the other, cloaked in gradations of shadow that fade into a bright light. In reality, it is but one figure, depicted in three stages of enlightenment; dark-to-light represents the process of becoming educated. O Thus She Stood similarly depicts five figures rising from a crouch to stand up tall -- but is actually a single figure in the stages of being knocked to the ground and gathering herself to stand back up. Fait Accompli shows two figures and a baby in the middle, and once again the story is all written in their body language -- it is actually three women -- a birth mother, an adoptive parent, and a baby girl. Voigt is adopted, but this painting is about the pain and resolve of every woman who makes sacrifices in the name of a better life for themselves and their families. Other works follow this multifaceted compositional approach, even when a single figure is depicted alone and whole. For example a recent work dealing with the ravages of dementia features a divided plane and a single figure whose two heads pictorially express a state of inner division and turmoil. Saliently, it is a rare male figure in that picture -- because men signify power in art the same way women signify beauty, a portrait about the spin of losing power and control needed to be enacted by a male figure to shieve the narrative balance and impact she regularly accomplishes by pairing the feminine with hardship and victory. “I see the world through my eyes, of course,” says Voigt. “But I want relatable emotions, approachability -- and to share specific stories without leveraging them or forcing them on people. The viewers have permission to read into the work all they like, to place themselves in it as much as they can. Yes of course there is a story, but I’m after something more universal than that. I want people to use my work to find their own stories.” --Shana Nys Dambrot, Writer / Critic / Curator, Los Angeles
Statement
I am driven by the human condition. I find myself compelled by the stratums of circumstance, choice, emotion and fate, combined with the energy and influence of the past as all conjoined lay prism to the future. The interconnectedness of all elements of all time. 

What is seen and not seen. Known and not known. Contemporaneous, interacting and incessantly influencing one another in a continuum of the past, present, and future. The entirety exists concurrently.
I paint for history; to render the human relationship with eternity, to demonstrate that the human reality as we experience it is bound to the continuum of time.  
My works are the complex language of layering multiple levels of imagery representational of our complicated existence. Through my process, I expose beauty that outlives barbarity and splendor that transcends from tragedy. I am a storyteller.
Education

The Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design, Los Angeles, CA 1991 
Parsons School of Design, Paris, France 1988
California State University, Los Angeles, CA (BA) Pre Law/Political Science 1994
Awards 
2016 Spotlight Artist Award, Art Spectrum Miami
2016 ArtSlant Showcase Prize Winner Round 5
2016 ArtSlant Showcase Prize Winner Round 4
2016 Abstract Painting Exhibition Prize Winner Galerie Numero 1, Paris, FR 
2015 Abstract Painting Exhibition Prize Winner, Galerie Numero 1, Paris, FR 
2015 ArtSlant Showcase Prize Winner Round 4
2015 ArtSlant Showcase Prize Winner Round 3
2015 ArtSlant Showcase Prize Winner Round 1
2015 Artist Portfolio Magazine Cover Competition, Prize Winner, Featured Spread
2015 World Citizen Artist Competition, Finalist, Belgravia Gallery, London, U.K.
2014 ArtSlant Showcase Prize Winner Round 6 
2014 ArtSlant Showcase Prize Winner Round 5
 
Exhibitions
Art Palm Beach, Palm Beach FL; January 2018, National Invited Artist
Scope, Miami Beach FL; December 2017, Represented Artist
Red Dot, Miami FL; December 2017, Resident Artist 

Florence Biennale, Florence, Italy; October 2017, Invited Artist
Young Circle Arts Gallery, Miami FL; August 2017, Guest Artist 
Art Santa Fe, Santa Fe NM; July 2017, National Invited Artist 
ARTROOMS, London, U.K.; January 2017, Selected Artist
Art Palm Beach, Palm Beach FL; January 2017, Invited Artist 
Art Boca Raton, Boca Raton, FL, U.S.A; March 2017, Featured Artist 
2016 
Art Basel, Spectrum, Miami, FL, U.S.A; December 2016, Spotlight Artist, Beyond Shadow: Michele A Utley Voigt, Solo Exhibition
Mainline Gallery, Tulsa, OK, U.S.A.; August 2016, Beyond Shadow: Michele A Utley Voigt, Solo Exhibition
Sweet ‘Art, London, U.K.; July 2016 SHE, Group Exhibition
Art Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM, U.S.A.; U.S.A. July 2016, Group Exhibition
Galerie Numero 1, Paris, FR; April 2016 Abstract Painting Exhibition, Prize Winner, Group Exhibition
Art Expo New York, New York, NY, U.S.A.; April 2016, Solo Exhibition, Beyond Shadow: Michele A Utley Voigt
Channel Islands Studios Blackboard Gallery, Camarillo, CA, U.S.A; March – April 2016, Dynamic, Group Show
HUD Gallery, Ventura, CA, U.S.A.; January – February 2016, Discernible Effects, Featured Artist
2015
Art Basel Miami, Spectrum, Miami, FL, U.S.A.; December 2015, Group Exhibition
RANKART, Galerie Numero 1, Paris, FR; October 2015, Abstract Painting Exhibition, Winner, Group                  Linus Galleries, Southern California, U.S.A.; October 2015, Abstracts, Group Exhibition                                           
National Association of Women Artists, New York, NY, U.S.A., April 2015 Voices: An Artist's Perspective, Group Exhibition
Art Goes Electronic, West Hollywood Arts Commission, Digital Billboard Public Exhibition Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A. April 2015, Solo Exhibition 
Celebrating Diversity Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A., March 2015, Skies, Group Exhibition
Linus Galleries, Pasadena, CA, U.S.A. March 2015, Lines & Curves, Group Exhibition
2014
Art Basel, SCOPE, Miami, FL, U.S.A. December 2014, Art Takes Miami, Group Exhibition
Linus Galleries, Pasadena, CA, U.S.A., October 2014, Big C, Group Exhibition
Linus Galleries, Southern California, CA, U.S.A., August 2014, World Around You, Group Exhibition
City Lights Gallery with World Artists Network, Bridgeport, CT, U.S.A., Make Art Not War, Group Exhibition


Recent Publications

ARTROOMS 2017, January 2017, © Le Dame Ltd, Michele A. Utley Voigt #182
Italy UK Partnership Magazine, December 2016, Editor, Cover
Vol. 3 Spectrum Miami 2016, Fatima Canovas, Michele A Utley Voigt Solo
Spectrum Miami, Elevate, December 2016, Editor, 2016 Spotlight Artists: Michele A Utley Voigt p. 48
Metropolitan Luxe, December 2016, Travel and Leisure, Miami’s Art Week – Art Basel’s notables plus This Year’s    “Not to Miss” Satellite Fairs: Michele Utley Voigt at Spectrum  
Art Daily News International Magazine, December 2016, Editor, Michele A. Utley Voigt Named Spectrum Miami Spotlight Artist
ARTslant Magazine, December 2016, Artslant Team, Under the Radar: Sean Fader | Bianca Pratorius | Michele A. Utley Voigt, Whom Not to Miss During Art Miami Week
Art Daily News International Magazine, November 2016, Editor, Solo Artist, Art Basel – Where Emerging Artists Become Famous
Art Daily News International Magazine, July 2016, Canovas, Fatima, Artist Spotlight – Beyond Shadow Solo 
Voigt, Michele A. Utley: Beyond Shadow, ISBN: Softcover 9781367455795 2016
Art Daily News International Magazine, May 2016, Canovas, Fatima, Artist Interview 
Artist Portfolio Magazine Issue 24, Editor, Cover Art Exhibition, Artist Interview, issuu 2015, p. 10-15 
Gutfreund, Karen Voices: An Artists Perspective, UniteWomen.org, ISBN: 9781939637116  2015, p. 156

Social Media

Website: www.mauvisual.com
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Instagram: https://instagram.com/michele_utley_voigt/


Professional Organizations

Los Angeles Art Association, Los Angeles, CA
National Association of Women Artists, New York, NY 
Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, Oklahoma City, OK

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Michele A. Utley Voigt
…an artist’s declaration
I am driven by the human condition. I find myself compelled by the stratums of circumstance, choice, emotion and fate, combined with the energy and influence of the past as all conjoined lay prism to the future. The interconnectedness of all elements of all time.
What is seen and not seen. Known and not known. Contemporaneous, interacting and incessantly influencing one another in a continuum of the past, present, and future. The entirety exists concurrently.
I paint for history; to render the human relationship with eternity. To demonstrate that the human reality as we experience it is bound to the continuum of time.
My works are the complex language of layering multiple levels of imagery representational of our complicated existence. Through my process, I expose beauty that outlives barbarity and splendor that transcends from tragedy. I am a storyteller.