michelle ainslie

A multidisciplinary visual artist and writer based in Cape Town, South Africa.

Michelle graduated with a Master of Arts in Creative Writing from Rhodes University, and also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology and an Honours degree in Psychology. This blend of interest and research across two distinct scientific disciplines comes across strongly in her body of work, which is often a hybrid of literary and visual forms.

Her work investigates the correlation between the natural world, human body, and consciousness.

Working with visual and sensory language, Michelle aims to shift perceptions on subjectivity and individual spaces of connection to “the other.” She enjoys the exploration of inter-species connections, primarily through a marine and psychological lens. Her research observes the lived sensory bodily experience, closely examining physical perceptions and corporeal imaginations.

Through visual language rich in metaphor and imagery, and transposing correlating ideas through digital images and compositions, her artwork creates an immersive experience. Michelle’s goal is to encourage engagement and interaction with the material, to challenge existing ideas and perceptions, and open new worlds of possibility.

She’s intrigued and driven by the psychological space between the reader/viewer and her work, and continually explores ways to expand and shift this “third image” – the imprint that remains after the experience.

 

body of work

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Poetry

  • Helium (2018 Collection)
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Short Stories

  • Lagomorpha
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Novels

  • 300 Grams
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Essays

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publications

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