My name’s Michael. I grew up in beautiful Stillwater, NJ. I’ve neither formally trained in art or craft, nor have I ever considered myself an “artist,” though I certainly love crafting furniture and décor for my home, beautifying my parents’ gardens, and creating settings where friends and family can relax, exhale, and take joy in their surroundings.
Everything I’ve ever created happens to use repurposed materials or pieces, though this is less out of an intentional, environmental statement and more so out of my natural fondness for such forgotten or left-behind objects; to me, these objects are especially compelling at this moment where homogeneity and minimalism preponderate. Invariably linked to these aged materials I work with is their history, and I often delight in the end-use juxtapositions achieved, for instance the “Table” made of early-19th-century barn wood topped by piles of contemporary art books.
Moreover, though not technically a “craft,” the most natural arena for my work is the garden, hence the perhaps-conspicuous choice of sharing two garden photos in my portfolio. To me, the garden is a fascinating artistic medium, given its susceptibility to the natural elements, the variability of its color, heights and texture through time, and its relationship to the ever-attentive, ever-adapting gardener.
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