Michelle Mackey’s paintings explore time and memory through abstracted architectural imagery. She typically explores sites that contain ghosts of a buried/hidden past - Using photographs and preliminary drawings as inspiration and source material to begin, the finished works are created by mining her memory of these locations. Memory and recollection allow for surprising shifts in the work that reference materials do not. Her shadowy scenes – whether inside or out - include hallways, windows and doors from which a subtle light radiates and her limited palette, employing hues of black, blue and green, enhance the quiet atmosphere. Inhabiting a gap between abstraction and representation, Mackey’s paintings of abandoned spaces are hauntingly evocative and suggestive of encapsulated moments.
The artist received an M.F.A. from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY (1999) and a B.A. from Furman University, Greenville, SC (1997). She has studied in Cortona, Italy and Taos, NM for extended periods, and has been a resident at the Vermont Studio Center. Throughout the last decade Mackey has had solo exhibitions in Berlin and New York City, and participated in group exhibitions in Dallas, Marfa, and Seton Hall University, New Jersey. When in New York she works as a scenic painter (painting sets for television shows) and when in Dallas she has taught painting, drawing and foundations at Southern Methodist University and the University of North Texas