What is the strangest thing you have ever found on a beach?

  Walking the 4 miles along the beach  on the beach, ocean, wind, clay bluffs, insects. It’s hot and empty, an ocean facing wild beach that the day trippers and family beach parties ignore.   Evidence and artifacts lie everywhere but the people are far away, the arc of existence described by a million pointless objects. Decisions that were made elsewhere and long ago. GYRE, The piece I created for Reuse, Reinvent Reimagine started with the beachcombing ; the process of acquiring junk, trash, stuff to be sorted later.Walking along a beach, a place I call home at a time in my…

WASPS Artists and Makers Market,Glasgow – X-Burg: wearable art

X-burg is a new line of vintage collage jewellery  created from original designs that I developed while  living in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in the 1980’s. Varnished collages on aluminium and wood, the jewellery designs reflect the fractured, dynamic, sometimes dangerous culture of 1980’s NYC. Source materials include Mexican comic books, paper money, vintage stationary, postage stamps and newspapers. The jewellery designs in X-burg are directly inspired by my visual art practice. The archive of resources which I collected in NYC made the journey with me out of Williamsburg to my new Scottish home where I have continued to add to it…

WASPS Open Studios 2014

OCT 2014 – WASPS OPEN STUDIOS – part of GENERATION a nationwide celebration of the past 25 years of contemporary art in Scotland Throughout the month of October artists within Wasps’ Studios across Scotland will be providing visitors with a behind the scenes look at how they develop and make the high quality works on offer within Scotland’s galleries, museums and public spaces. The 2014 edition of Wasps Open Studios will include a specially devised programme of talks, events and workshops from well-known and emergent artists. OPEN STUDIOS – WEST PARK PLACE, DALRY, EDINBURGH 25th & 26th Oct 12 –…

A room of one’s own

For years I have had a recurring dream. I am alone in an old house (or is it a flat?).  With a dark central hallway and a number of closed doors  it feels haunted,  intimidating but also exciting and full of potential.  I think I have been here before.  Should I be here? I start to open doors into dark empty rooms. Bedroom? Living Room? I feel an odd sense of propriety – I would like to  live here – but also that somehow I am trespassing.  I walk into the kitchen which is large and old fashioned and hasnt been…

The impossibility of memory – It’s all about telling stories…

blood/MarcyAV  31st Oct Private View 7 – 9.30pm, The Old Ambulance Depot, 77 Brunswick Street, Edinburgh EH7 5HS The exhibition continues until Sunday Nov 3rd 10 – 5pm In the late 1980’s at a time when more than 2000 people a year were murdered in New York City, Southside Williamsburg, Brooklyn was an extremely hot and heavy neighbourhood. But it was also a place where I lived… In April 2012 I went back there with my camera to capture the past, but where was it….? The video shows me in the studio working on drawings for the upcoming blood/MarcyAV exhibition…

In my studio – prevaricating

Spending what feels like half my life in the studio these days – probably should be more than that given the show is only 6 weeks away….This weekend went to the Ambulance Depot to work out what kind of lighting I should use when there is 2D work and moving image in the same show. I was really lucky to be able to borrow lighting kit from Screen Academy and to have Drew on hand to run up and down a ladder but I am afraid I am no clearer….I need ‘lots of lights’ and then ‘no lights’ ? Really?…

Is Painting Nostalgic?

  Memory is where I start. A core dislocation, the sadness, a lie that I tell myself.  To start. There is longing but also relief. There is no going back. There are limits but there is potential. I was meant to be here…….. When it’s going in the right direction nostalgia disappears. You don’t look back and risk that your experience of the potential of desire, of joy, of beauty will disappear, vanish before you have sense enough to recognize it. Leaving not much in its place but longing and regret. NOSTALGIA. The point is to keep going, make the…

Hillsounds and Dollfur

 Lynne writes (and edits sounds) from Moon Hill Farm, a civil war era farmhouse at the top of a mountain near Claryville NY. She lives with Jean, who has owned the farm since the 60’s and her mum Carmella. This is her latest post from the Catskills………………………………………………………… i’m a woman who came of age in new york city in the 1970s, when definitions of creative art were really expanding. as a young person I heard a lot of music that was really brand new. it changed the very definition of listening, of being with sound. the listener became part of…

Nostalgia/Analgesic Diary

Since we all met up at Jean’s fabulous upstate NY farm last April, Lynne and Sheila and I have been working diligently away at the Nostalgia/Analgesic project. Sound! Image! Poetry! Lots has happened in the meantime, Sheila’s moved herself and her family to San Antonio, Texas to run Gemini Ink, Lynne now has her mum up in the Catskills with her and Jean – Lynne has lots to do to keep everyone warm and fed up there – and chopping all the wood is the least of it! Here in Edinburgh I have moved to a new studio in Dalry,…

Michele Marcoux - Southern Trees collage and mixed media on board

RSA Open 2012

One of my paintings The Sound of Childhood Trees was selected for exhibition at the RSA Open 2012 exhibition which opens Friday Nov 11th at the Royal Scottish Academy at the Mound, Edinburgh. The work is collage and acrylic on board. The RSA Open is a selected exhibition of small works sourced by open submission form artists across Scotland and includes new paintings, drawings, sculptures, prints, photographs and architecture. The exhibition is on from the  24th November 2012 until the 31st January 2013 http://www.royalscottishacademy.org/pages/exhibition_frame.asp?id=341

Balloons

These balloons are part of on-going research begun in 2010 and were collected from a beach on Block Island, a small island off the coast of New England in the USA. The beach is an isolated and rugged environment of cliffs and boulders facing the open Atlantic. Along with the expected detritus of landslide, fallen trees and wreckage from the shipping industry, it is striking the number of cellophane balloons which accumulates here. Wrapped around boulders, buried in the sand, accumulated in masses like seaweed they are the dead junk of a consumer society which causes huge environmental damage. Formed…

RSA Open 2011

One of my drawings Lucidity, Block Island House is being exhibited in this year’s RSA Open exhibition which opens this Friday Nov 11th on the Mound. The drawing is erased line over an insurance photograph taken by my brother Ted Marcoux of a bedroom in the Southwest Point Life Saving Station on Block Island, Rhode Island USA where my family spent summers in the 70’s. Lucidity is the precursor of  a False Awakening which is a vivid and convincing dream about awakening from sleep, while the dreamer in reality continues to sleep. A False Awakening can occur following a particularly lucid…

RSA Open 2010

One of my paintings, “Torness” is now being exhibited at The Royal Scottish Academy, on the Mound in Edinburgh.  The RSA Open 2010 is an exhibition of small works by RSA Members and by open selection from artists across Scotland, including new paintings, drawings, sculptures, prints, photographs, film and architecture. It opens on Saturday 30 October and runs until Wednesday 15 December, 2010. On November 11th at 6.30 the RSA will be hosting a Salon Evening  which is an opportunity to meet with the exhibiting artists and enjoy a glass of wine in the Finlay Room, The Royal Scottish Academy, The Mound,…

Nostalgia Analgesic

A Surrealist Therapy (Mud  |Blood  | Fire |Water  | Blackness | Sight | Unknown) nostalgia is a formation of  Greek compounds, consisting of νόστος, nóstos, “returning home”, a Homeric word, and ἄλγος, álgos, “pain” or “ache”. The word analgesic derives from Greek an- (“without”) and algos (“pain”). This collaborative project (poetry, visual art, sound) which is currently in progress  builds on a previous collaboration Continental Drift by myself and  poet Sheila Black which formed an exhibition  at the Patriothall Gallery, Edinburgh 2010.  We are delighted that sound artist Lynne Therman has also  joined the project. check out Lynne’s blog: http://dollfur.tumblr.com/ Nostalgia/Analgesic will explore…