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I showed up in my studio almost everyday throughout the ups and down of Covid in 2021. Consistently working on a body of work for a whole year is something I had never done before. My curiosity about family ancestry and memory brought me to explore the concept of absence of presence in our lives and became my artwork's central theme. I started by creating narratives inspired by old family photos but enlarged the spectrum as further reflection unearthed various subtle expressions of absence of presence.

My theme is becoming an integral part of my creative process, a feeling I nurture as I work in an attempt to access the indefinable.

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MICHÈLE ATKINSON is a Canadian contemporary artist. Her artwork explores the theme of absence relating to the passage of life cycles. She got interested in traces of people and events blurred by time looking at her grandmother's photo albums full of black and white snapshots telling stories of lives lived. 

She developed a love of textures creating designer sweaters with the rich curly coats of the sheep and angora goats she raised on her farm. Michèle studied at the Visual Art Centre in Montreal and has since had solos shows and participated in group exhibitions in Montreal, Toronto, Quebec City and Baie Saint-Paul.  Her work has been shown in international Art Fairs in the United States, England and Hong Kong as well as being in private collections in Canada, the United States and Europe.

Originally from Quebec City Michèle graduated with a BA in translation from Université de Montréal.  She lives and works in Montreal, and maintains a summer studio in Vermont.

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