Michelle E. Fillmore
When you first see the paintings of Michelle E. Fillmore, it is perhaps the bold imagery and tight realism of her works that initially grab you. Often larger than life, her subjects and perspectives give the viewer, in rapid succession, glimpses into chaos and abandon, stagnation and growth and hardship and joyous release. This assemblage of themes is gently brought to heel and made all the more captivating and poignant when executed in her lovingly controlled photorealist style.
The dichotomy between Michelle Fillmore’s chaotic subject matter and her controlled technique evokes a deep emotive response from the viewer and allows them to enter the artist’s world where she boldly and openly shares her story. The artist’s paintings are autobiographical metaphors describing the struggles of growing up with a mentally ill family member. It is her hope that her work will open up discussions about mental health and point out the inherent stigmas and challenges faced by both those with mental illness and those who love them.
Michelle E. Fillmore’s paintings embody the beauty in imperfection, suggesting that adversities can ultimately be opportunities to grow and to thrive.