Thanks to Erin McNutt and Pamela Reed for the detailed story on my artwork in Canvas Magazine.
Excerpts from the article:
Michel Varisco lives in a charming little cottage in Faubourg St. John along with her protective chihuahua, Rocket. Her home, as well as the vibrant garden surrounding it, succinctly reflects her broad interest in horticulture and the environment. One gets the sense that each object within her picket fence is an assemblage, not unlike the assembled pieces of art for which she is famous.
Why does Michel devote so much attention to water, over the many other environmental and social issues we face as community?
“I like to think of water as a literal and metaphorical reflecting pond of our behavior and concerns as a species. It’s a kind of moral barometer regarding pollutants and hydrological changes that affect the ecosystem dramatically.
After photographing the BP oil spill and living through a flooded New Orleans, I’ve seen so many aspects of water that concern me deeply, environmentally and socially.”