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Michele Brody

Winter Workspace 2018

Pictured Above: Harlem Roots: House Samples on Hilltop, May, 2016, handmade paper and sprouted seeds, 18 x 28 inches. Photo Credit: Alex Zak

Michele Brody will explore the representation of shrinking shorelines impacted by climate change through the creation of site-specific handmade paper murals. Within the paper are embedded hydroponically sprouted seeds, handwritten messages by community members and watermarks of the potential future shrunken shoreline of sites like the Palisades across the Hudson River from Wave Hill may endure due to the effects of Climate Change as mapped out by scientific predictions.

During the Winter Workspace Brody will continue with a body of work titled Drawing Roots, as well as a new series titled Papers of Place. Both explore what it means to establish roots within a community while utilizing sustainable modes of production through the process of recycling paper into living drawings that incorporate history, horticulture, and nutrition. Drawing Roots uses actual seeds that germinate within the paper to create imagery with the sprouts and roots, while Papers of Place are made from actual plants gathered from the detritus of the garden in the form of regenerated pulp and collage.

Michele Brody is an environmental community-based artist who lives and works in the Bronx. She has completed two permanent public works of art for the MTA and DOE.


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The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.; Michael J. Shannon; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; The Pollock-Krasner Foundation; The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.