Hello! My name is Michelle Driver, and I'm a queer / goth / neurodiverse artist and handweaver based in Adelaide, South Australia (Kaurna Country).
I live with my partner Anita, stepdaughter Lily, 3 rescue cats (Rosie, Jamie Pumpkin Pants and Mr Barnaby Bear The Dream Tiger Esq.), and a rescue doggo (Tessa).
ARTIST STATEMENT (the formal stuff)
Michelle Driver is a tapestry artist whose work delves deep into the realms of gothic aesthetics, dark edginess, and a touch of the eerie and sinister. Her artistic journey is a narrative of non-conformity, a celebration of queerness, and an exploration of her childhood trauma, all underscored by a subtle but resonant dark humour.
In her tapestries, monochrome dominates, like shadows cast in the darkest corners of the mind. Yet, within this darkness, Michelle masterfully weaves small pops of color, like vibrant fragments of forgotten dreams. These bursts of vividness serve as a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the ability to find beauty even in the most haunting of places.
Michelle's tapestries are a mirror to the non-linear narratives of her own life. They embody the complexities of confronting societal norms and embracing the uniqueness of her identity. They also serve as a canvas to explore the impact of trauma, laying bare the scars while acknowledging the strength that arises from confronting one's demons.
Through her art, Michelle Driver invites us to revel in the beauty of decay, to find allure in the forgotten and discarded, and to see the extraordinary in the ordinary. Her work is a testament to the profound, often unsettling, but undeniably captivating beauty that can be discovered when one dares to look beyond the surface.
Recipient of the 2016 Port Pirie Art Prize and a finalist of many others, Driver’s distinctive visual language makes her work both instantly recognisable and difficult to classify.