Artist Michelle Baharier makes artworks to stir up emotions. She does this by distorting perspective, to draw you – the viewer – into her raw moods. She describes it as, ‘Art to open up your heart’.
In her next show, Spirit, her work stands out as a witness to the human condition through colour, shape and drawing. She works with turmoil and joy depicting life’s emotional dualities. Her creative energy takes the viewer on a journey through paintings and drawings full of colour and suggested forms. Doors open, doors close, corridors, and sometimes people or faces emerge.
Michelle channels her energy using many styles that have influenced her approach, such as surrealism, abstraction, expressionism, outsider art and art brut. ‘I aim to embrace our humanity and vulnerability via the celebration of my own spirit, my life force which drives me’, says the artist.
Michelle Baharier studied at the Slade School of Fine Art and the University of the Arts. She has won a number of prizes including the Julian Sullivan award, Art of Housing, she is a published writer and poet and was the founder of an Arts and Mental Charity. She lives in Camberwell.
Spirit can be seen at Cafe Deli Felice, 40 Albion Street SE16 7JQ from 27th July – 26th September
Times: Mon-Fri – 8.30am-5pm, Saturday 10am-4pm. Admission: Free.