Artist StatementLandscape is the inspiration that runs through all of my work, but my interests lie primarily in the transformative possibilities of that experience afforded by process and memory. We are awash in information, but given time, the “facts” of daily life can evolve and become something simpler, more universal and, perhaps, essential. My images come out of an interest in those Eastern landscape and Zen traditions that value the ephemeral and the spaces in-between, and the way that light and space together can create a silent metaphor for the transience of our experience with the natural world. Working with mixed media on translucent Mylar allows for a process that distills this exploration of light, space and materials into impressions and moments that exist outside of fixed points of reference.
Michael Farrell holds an MFA in Painting from the Washington University School of Art in St. Louis. He is a professor of art at Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland, and lives and works in Bethesda, Maryland.