An unknown author once stated that “we delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty”. In fact, think of all the beauty that Nature has in stock for us. Consider how far we often disregard this gift and fail to enjoy the best around us. Assess how much labour and transformation goes on unseen so that we can profit from the privilege bestowed on us by that very same Nature. This could be the key to understand the amazing and unique artwork created by Michelle McKinney.
In fact, Michelle McKinney brings wonder and awe to all those who have the privilege of gazing at her creations, by featuring symbols found in Nature through the innovative and ground-breaking use of contemporary industrial materials meticulously worked so as to elude their origin. She thereby dwells in the space between opposites, such as movement captured in stillness, the fragility and transiency of Nature seized in the durability of man-made, urban material, freedom trapped within the confinement of space.
Su Blackwell as she admits, Michelle McKinney´s artworks consistently convey the play between the timeless and the immediate, thereby giving sense to what another unknown author stated: “if nothing ever changed, there would be no butterflies”.