Through formal abstraction, Michelle Ross examines the boundaries between painting and popular culture, creating new relationships, both conceptual and aesthetic, that mirror the shifting realities of our time. Ross continues her search for ways that popular media can be altered or modified to create a greater understanding of space and form. In her 2013 exhibition at Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Ross examined the integration of digital photography with abstract painting. For Trust Falls and Transparent Things, she turns her focus to color, surface, and the abstract forms referenced in her earlier body of work.
In Trust Falls & Transparent Things, Ross demonstrates a looser, freer style in her painting. Working in multiple scales, the artist creates thinly layered paintings, using abstract modernist compositions as a method of transforming universal and familiar themes.
Ross received her BFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art (Portland, OR) and her MFA from Washington State University (Pullman, WA). Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions both nationally and internationally. In 2012, Ross was named as a Hallie Ford Fellow in the Visual Arts. Her work is held by a number of collections including the Rhode Island School of Design Special Collections (Providence, RI), Willamette University (Salem, OR) and the Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR). In 2011 she received and participated in the Contemporary Northwest Art Awards exhibition at the Portland Art Museum.