‘Shooting From the Hip’ 11 – 24 September 2014
@ Centrespace Gallery, Bristol
‘Objects of Desire’ 7th September-31st October 2012
‘Tumbleweed’ 13-28 August 2013
Although Michael states that much of his work stems from the imagery thrown up by depression, he would say that it is also the imagery of unconscious connections. Indeed the two are irrevocably entwined.
It is no accident that the appearance of animal symbols and the use of bodily products such as hair, urine and blood is also influenced by his former work as a veterinary surgeon.
Some time spent in psychoanalysis has helped him to illuminate these connections to find a personal mythology, which he believe connects to a universal meaning of what it is to be human. The `otherness` of animals, their power, vulnerability, unselfconsciousness and instinctual drives, and their relationship with us, are potent symbols of qualities we also have – qualities which we struggle with in our attempts to remain in control of ourselves and our society. It is where these tensions meet that Michael’s work is situated.
Michael has a studio at Spike Island in Bristol.