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Artist Statement

I examine notions of identity by deconstructing the objects and routines of my daily life. I follow my own rule-based systems in a variety of mediums like printmaking, virtual reality, or performance and integrate it with data from my day-to-day actions. This relationship between creating and recording is integral.

I often use information like my heart rate, the number of lines in a drawing, the time of day, or social media likes and combine them with images of things that I see on a regular basis; a bar of soap, a toothbrush, a chicken thigh; creating a ‘self-portrait’ based on what I consume or produce.

Bio

Paul Michael is an emerging artist and producer living in Connecticut. Currently a graduate student at the University of Connecticut, Paul creates installations in a variety of mediums including printmaking and virtual reality. He also produces progressive and deep house music and grew up listening to a wide variety of artists from The Postal Service to Depeche Mode. His visual work has been exhibited in Texas, Michigan, and Connecticut. He received the Emerging Artist Award from Arts For Rural Texas; Best of Show in the Evolving Artist competition at the Ross Gallery in Fayetteville, Texas, and was a member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo annual art auction.