2nd Year Reviews: Michelle Rupel by Victoria Lavorini


I see women taken out of Renaissance paintings.

I see they’ve been cut and sliced from their illustrious environments.

I see they’ve been pasted onto new ones of flat artificial color.


I see these colors are hip.

I see they are blue, teal, coral, purple, taupe, and burgundy – a wardrobe fit to transition from summer to fall.

I see these women have no wardrobe.


I see summer blooms over their faces.

I see floral patterns deny their identity.

I see John Baldessari.


I see hardly any eyes in sight.

I see masks of decay and fright.

I see a mask that doesn’t match the minute smirk on her lips.


I see female torsos cut in half.

I see them clean and painless.

I see the magician’s assistant.


I see growth stemming from their hollow insides.

I see a blooming rose with buds.

I see it growing in a container – that has been emptied of what it once was.


I see the same containers housing dead flowers too.

I see dry sticks that would snap at a breath.

I see the rose’s future.


I see empty shells of triangles placed over floating Venuses.

I see a limiting lens.

I see Venuses trying to fit.


I see words that look sleek like a well-designed ad.

I see Jenny Holzer.

I see words that read like a diary of threats.


I see fear.

I see fear in those who the words are pointed to.

I see confidence in whoever said them.


I don’t see the ability to live naturally as one should.

To learn more about Michelle’s work and her process please visit http://heyitsmichellerenee.tumblr.com/

As part of the second-year graduates’ Thesis Projects I course, candidates were each assigned two of their cohort to review. As students begin writing their thesis papers and constructing artist statements, this review process proves to be beneficial twofold. Students not only exercise their written critique skills, but are able to read about their own project from other voices. Over the next few weeks we’ll be posting these reviews, so be sure to visit regularly for insights and photos of the second years’ progress!

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