Penny Michel

Born in Tunisia, Michel studied at Western Illinois University where she received her BA. She also had a ceramic emphasis at the California College of Arts and Crafts. Her work is inspired by the ancient cultures of Mesopotamia and others in the Middle East. Michel is represented by Hammerfriar Gallery in Healdsburg. She resides in Walla Walla, Washington.

Penny Michel

Penny Michel

 

Penny Michel, Homage to Al

Homage to Al

I have always been drawn to ancient civilizations and cultures. Maybe this is because I was born in Carthage, Tunisia and was surrounded by Roman and Phoenician ruins as a child. Construction teams and archeologists were often digging by the roads and uncovering shards and encrusted objects. Seeing this fascinated me and provoked my interest in the past. My large outdoor sculptures have all been an homage to the past, offering hints and traces from another era. I also try to expand the structural and expressive possibilities of clay, and surface design is important. In my Homage To Al sculpture I tried to reflect upon his love of art in nature and the fleeting brevity of our presence on earth.