Michelle Y Williams Gallery
“Inspiration for my work is both selective and completely random.
I’m certain that influences must come, to a certain degree, from things that enliven and
excite me – imperfections, flaws, rust, asymmetry, the texture of concrete, peeling paint from
something old, the principles of wabi-sabi – and artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Cy Twombly,
Eva Hesse, Hans Josephsohn and Louise Nevelson. Despite all that stimulus, I find that
approaching a blank canvas and simply beginning with no preconceived notions of the end result
provides greater gratification. I endeavor to find balance within the work, light vs dark,
expressionism vs minimalism, and in that process must instinctively recognize when it
Using varied elements in my work – acrylics, oils, sand and pure pigments – and
applying these to different substrates – canvas, metal, Plexiglas, wood and clay,
I eliminate any self-imposed constraints in the creative process. Not confining myself to
one medium enables me to experiment, explore and evolve- invariably refining my craft.
Through primarily non-representational imagery, the observer is left with only
abstract emotions and instinctual responses towards the painting – feelings and
memories are free to manifest based on actual life experiences.
If I am able to engage the observer, make a connection which couldn’t be
conveyed verbally and ultimately elicit a visceral reaction – my work is done.” – Michelle Y Williams