Michelle Cawthorn

Born Sydney, NSW

Michelle Cawthorn is a Sydney-based practicing artist whose work explores personal and familial memories and reflects on the ways in which our psyche presents itself to the outer world. Images are derived from juxtapositions of memory and artefact, representational and non-representational forms. Her collages and paintings invite the viewer to infer their own meanings, while simultaneously engaging in the pictorial narrative. Recent time-based works continue to explore these themes in a temporal format, while her emerging sculptural practice liberates the collage form from the two-dimensional.
Cawthorn has participated in numerous group shows over the years including the Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award (2008) and will mount her second solo exhibition, Bird, in October 2012 at At The Vanishing Point Contemporary Art, Newtown, Sydney. Cawthorn’s work is held in public and private collections nationally.
Cawthorn holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting) and a Bachelor of Art Education from the College of Fine Arts (COFA), University of NSW and is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) with a particular interest in neuroplasticity, free association and mirror neurons.