About Industrial Nature
Dive into an imaginative, colorful world of oversized moths and butterflies, flowers and plants in this exhibition by artist Michelle Stitzlein. Stitzlein creates large scale sculpture from recycled materials. A feast for the eyes, MIchelle’s works are Inventive, playful, humorous and above all, determined in their use of discarded materials, Stitzlein’s assemblies are a preeminent example of how to successfully recycle anything used, old or mundane into works of alluring beauty. She works in a large studio converted from a former grange hall in Baltimore, Ohio.
She is interested in the imperfect, unique details of the world around us. Her work brings together these seemingly separate interests; garden hoses, piano keys, and pots and pans are transformed into large-scale, lush visual landscapes that suggest the natural world. The cast off objects used to create these pieces become nearly unrecognizable, and instead on focusses on the painstanklingly handcrafted nature of the work and marvels at the sheer number of objects used that would otherwise be waste in our society.
About The Artist
Dive into an imaginative, colorful world of oversized moths and butterflies. The cast-off objects used to create these pieces become nearly unrecognizable, and instead focusses on the painstakingly handcrafted nature of the work and marvels at the sheer number of objects used that would otherwise be wasted in our society.
Stitzlien’s work is comprehensive not only in its materiality but also in its scope. She has traveled widely, finding inspiration from other cultures and landscapes that she connects and makes relevant to her local communities. Many of her works are composed of donated objects from friends, family, neighbors, and donation drives facilitated by museums and galleries that host her work. This push and pull between global and local, industrial and natural, the mass-produced and the handmade provides a rich dialogue about consumerism, industrial production, and the
awe-inspiring wonder of nature.
Her repurposed work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions in galleries and museums nationwide, including the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Auburn, NY; Appleton Museum of Art, Ocala, FL; Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Mt. Vernon, IL; Mulvane Art Museum, Topeka, KS; Warm Springs Gallery, Charlottesville, VA; Carnegie Mellon University / Miller Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA; COSI, Columbus, OH; and the Franklin Park Conservatory, Columbus, OH.
During her travels, she has met artists in countries such as South Africa, Namibia, Guatemala, Mexico, Bolivia, Colombia and India, and has been inspired by their resourcefulness & ingenuity with found materials.
A graduate of the Columbus College of Art & Design, Stitzlein has also taught workshops, as an artist-in-residence, at elementary schools, art camps, and arts festivals.
Using the humble plastic bottle cap as her medium, she encourages recycling through the means of art making. She has assisted children all over the US to make colorful murals, and whimsical outdoor sculptures utilizing thousands of bottle caps that would otherwise end up in a landfill.
She published the how-to books “Bottlecap Little Bottlecap” and “Cool Caps!,” as resources for parents and teachers. Projects from both books have been represented in Ranger Rick magazine as well as on HGTV.
Sponsored by Mike Bojko of Coldwell Banker, Penny & Jamie Ladd, Phil’s Bar and Grille, Thacker Sleight
Opening Reception sponsored by David Hulst of Coldwell Banker