Visual artist working in River Studios

About Michelle

Michelle Flamiano James (MJ) is a visual artist, writer and arts administrator. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) from Monash University Art Design & Architecture (MADA).

Her studio practice combines installation, video art, poetry, painting, collaboration and socially-engaged projects. Her work focuses on critical and often playful investigations into site and its cultural significance.

Her current focus is exploring fragments of Filipinx history through speculation; creating artworks that blur fact and fiction as strategies for contemplating new futures.

As the Visual Arts Coordinator at Kingston Arts she works with both artists and arts organisations to curate exhibitions and facilitate public programs in Melbourne’s outer southeast suburbs.

What attracted you to the space and what makes your studio suitable for your practice?

As an artist living in the west, the close location and diversity of studios available have brought me to River Studio.

The size and facilities of the studios suit my practice, which centres around intensive periods of quiet, computer-focused work, off-site filming and on-site experiments in drawing, painting and sculpture.