Looking at artwork is reminiscent of looking into a surreal mirror. One will find traces of themselves in each piece are forced to examine the relationship between us and our surrounding environment. In essence, there is a strong connection that draws us to view paintings of other humans and search-ourselves and our feelings for what it is that connects us to the work.
when it comes to viewing the.works of Pass Christian artist, Michelle Allee, a particular group (in this case, women) are quick to find the symbolism in her paintings. As you will see, several of her paintings feature women adorned with crowns. Their heavy heads gracefully support and carry an indistinguishable amount of pride and dignity across to the viewers. But alas, look closely and you will find so much more.
A common theme in her work, the crown symbolizes not only dignity and g.ace, but how we as women, carry and convey it. Some figuress are solemn. some celebratory. but all wearing the crown acknowledge that it is so much more than what is presented in her lighthearted style. But wearing the crown denotes responsibility and the will to be a body of fortitude. We learn at a very young age that we are all princesses, but how many of us actually grow up to be queens?
To Michelle it seems that every woman embodies the spirit and strength of a queen. She believes that her love for painting queens comes from having a close relationship with her mother and two sisters. The crown becomes a metaphor for strength and responsibility that is passed to each member of her family. sometimes, she admits. the crown is best put down for a while.
“The human form, queens, hearts, trees and houses are the reoccurring focal points in my work. My primary medium is paint and utilizing various and complex techniques from my experience as a professional faux finisher. I begin each piece by giving careful attention to textural surface preparation. My paintings are inspired by my life, the joys, the difficulties, the challenges, the successes, and the landscape of my memories. The creative process of painting is very therapeutic. Painting soothes my spirit and creates a balance in my life. Some of my work is imbued with a sense of “whimsy”. Other pieces allow the viewer to step out of the dailyness of their life and into the delight of their imagination. I strive to pass the joy that I receive in creating onto those who view my work and take it into their homes as well as their hearts.