Michelle Clarke is a creative sculptor who produces eye-catching figures that portray a deep appreciation for New Zealand wildlife.
Working mainly in stainless steel and copper. Michelle encourages close examination of her intricate works, on doing this we can gauge an understanding of how each sculpture is constructed. Each sculptures detail is constructed using an additive technique, layered from the inside out, by an accumulation of stainless steel patches that are worked together and welded by hand. Michelle effortlessly moulds these metal patches into larger than life creations, that almost seem almost alive and an ‘Alice in Wonderland” sense of fantasy
Michelle set out on her own path as an artist from her home in Central Otago. She started her career 13 years ago, once she had finished homeschooling her two daughters Sarah and Elisha, who are also metal artists “I am proud our family is self-taught as this allows us to see no barriers to what we can imagine and create”.
Michelle’s sculptures can be found in both private and public collections throughout New Zealand, Australia and the USA.