"Recent photographs taken by the Hubble Space Telescope and NASA’s Cassini spacecraft have brought extraordinary celestial landscapes into view, which, until this moment were entirely beyond our range of vision. Our sense of place in the universe has forever been altered by these images and the discovery of potentially habitable worlds beyond our own. How small and fragile we seem in this vast ocean of space and time.
This body of work is a response to the abstract beauty of these astronomical objects, and the sound or emotional frequency they seem to emit. Dreaming of worlds within worlds, and the possibility of limitless galactic complexity, I wanted to merge the cosmos of the mind with the mysterious, immeasurable vastness of space.
These paintings developed over the course of several months in layers- laying down color, fusing with heat, scraping through the surface and repeating the process countless times. Mining the surface of the painting in this way is labor intensive but critical to the development of each piece.
The objects that inspired these paintings either reflect or produce light; in some of the works glass and reflective media have been ground into the face of the painting in an effort to capture something of their luminous nature"
Michele Schuff is a Fellow of the Hambidge Center, the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Schloss Plüschow Künstlerhaus in Mecklenburg, Germany, Weir Farm, and was a Studio Artist at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center from 2008-2013. In addition to her work as a painter, Michele served as Historic Collections Manager for the Atlanta Fox Theatre from 1994 to 2014, managing historic photographic, furniture,and archives collections for the Theatre.
Schuff’s current work examines space and the measurement of time through two and three-dimensional encaustic medium and works on paper. Her work is held in private collections in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Michele lives and works in Atlanta.