Day 56, 2012 acrylic ink on paper
For the last eight months San Francisco based painter Michelle Blade has been working on a project called 366 Days of the Apocalypse. The premise of the project is simple: Each day for all of 2012’s 366 days (it’s a leap year), Michelle is going to make a painting. One painting a day, every day, until the end of the world. If you haven’t heard 2012 marks the end of the Mayan calendar, which some have interpreted as a prophecy that this is the year of the apocalypse. Now, Michelle doesn’t really believe that Earth as we know it is going to be snuffed out at the end of December, but the prophecy provided an interesting structure for a series of painting exploring how we struggle to comprehend cultural shifts in our lives.
In a recent solo show called Hanging Fire, Michelle expanded on these themes of cultural shifts with a collection of water colors, painted tapestries and even a painted ficus plant.
Michelle recently spoke with me from her studio in San Francisco about her work, her apocalypse project and how she began painting on tapestries.
Day 109, 2012 acrylic ink on paper
Hanging Fire installation detail
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