Originally from the USA, I migrated to Scotland in 1990 and am now based in Edinburgh. For many people who migrate, ‘place’, ‘identity’, ‘home’ are not constants but shifting, transitory, even transferable. Using painting, drawing, collage, and video my work starts with found images from childhood, from the internet, and observations of the Scottish landscape, to explore the beauty and danger of nostalgia and the unreliability of memory. An interrogation of ‘place’ both real and virtual, my work employs abstract and figurative forms to create ‘uncanny landscapes’ where personal experience overlaps historical memory.
Michele Marcoux grew up an identical twin in Cleveland Ohio, before living in New England and New York City. In 1990 she moved from Brooklyn to a sheep farm in Angus, Scotland and home is now Edinburgh.
Michele studied Fine Art at Bennington College in Vermont, USA before gaining her BA in Fine Art at the University of Pennsylvania (cum laude). In 2016 she completed a Masters of Letters Fine Art Practice (with distinction) at Glasgow School of Art.
Michele worked as a waitress, cleaner, wood finisher, jewellery designer, painter of figurines. In 1999, a mother of two, she retrained as a web designer, producing creative digital projects in Edinburgh and London. From 2006 until 2020 Michele was Administration Manager at Screen Academy Scotland, a high-profile collaboration between Napier University and Edinburgh College of Art delivering postgraduate filmmaking. Michele has been selected for UK and international arts residencies and has worked collaboratively with artists from Scotland, Pakistan and the USA. She has produced exhibitions and shown work at Patriothall Gallery, Summerhall, The Royal Scottish Academy, Koel Gallery, Karachi and Studio 1.1 in London.
2019 Taking Time/Prendendo Tempo, The Museum of Loss and Renewal, One of six international artists selected for residency in Collemacchia, Italy
2021 Creating a Pandemic Imaginary, MERZ Gallery, Residency in Sanquhar Scotland, supported through Creative Scotland’s Open Fund.
2021 Ecologies of Displacement, Residency and collaboration with Lahore-based artist Farrukh Addnan. Ecologies of Displacement is a partnership between Koel Gallery, Karachi and Summerhall, Edinburgh, funded by a British Council and Creative Scotland 'Connect and Collaborate' Grant.