michele landel

Gasp! Burned, quilted, and embroidered photographs sewn together with layers of paper creating bandages and veils that transform images into fragile maps. This is the lovely and very thoughtful mixed media textile work of an American artist in Paris, Michele Landel. I saw the eyeless piece above, titled “Who’s Afraid”, and was instantly scared/in love. And then I read her statement about it:

Who’s Afraid is meant to capture the tension between men’s anxiety of being unreasonably accused of inappropriate behavior and women’s fear of sexual harassment and assault. It is referencing the play Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and the inherent tension between actors and audience that is part of a theater performance and in this play the volatile and complicated relationship between men and women. Furthermore, it also relates to my previous series For There She Was [first three images above] that explored women speaking out and Virginia Woolf’s literature.”

Scared/in love. Happy Friday.

comments (7)

  1. Bea /// 12.13.2019 /// 11:44am


  2. Emma Hadzi Antich /// 12.13.2019 /// 2:22pm

    Wow! And I recognize that salon from an artist in residence program I participated in at Centre Pompadour. You should check out Michaela Spiegel (it’s her program): http://www.michaelaspiegel.org

  3. the jealous curator /// 12.15.2019 /// 4:19pm

    yes, emma… that’s exactly where those photos were taken! good eye ; )

  4. michele landel | Best ArtWork /// 12.13.2019 /// 4:38pm

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  5. Pamela Hastings /// 12.14.2019 /// 8:35am

    I like: Beautiful, complicated, telling a story…and stitching!

  6. Amy Tingle /// 12.15.2019 /// 4:55am

    Dear god. These are incredible. And haunting. And incredible. As always, the story behind the artwork is so thought-provoking and layered. Scared/in love.

  7. M.A.M.A. Issue 41 Featuring Michele Landel and Ann E. Wallace – Museum of Motherhood /// 07.15.2022 /// 7:42am

    […] the viewer when in fact the gaze is empty. The vacant gaze causes anxiety and feels powerful. Blog Link I Instagram @michelelandel  I […]

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