Artist Sonya Michel

After more than four decades of teaching, conducting research and writing about women’s history and women’s and gender studies, I have returned to my first love: making art. It is both humbling and exhilarating to embark on a new career at this stage. I am experimenting with multiple media and materials. My larger works are primarily acrylic on canvas but many include elements of collage. I also make smaller pieces that are primarily collage and assemblage. (My studio is filled with bins of materials—what my husband and kids call “junk”—waiting to be turned into art.)

As a longtime feminist, I might be expected to produce work “with a message,” but in fact very few of my pieces turn out to be overtly political. If anything, I am rather retro, making paintings when many younger artists are focusing on installations, performance pieces, videos, and the like. Moreover, I eagerly embrace the mantle of abstract expressionism, a genre that has been largely superseded but one that I believe has by no means been exhausted, and which I am proud to carry on.

I am pleased to announce that, as of June 1, 2018, I have become a member of Touchstone Gallery, a cooperative gallery in downtown Washington, DC. My painting, Within Bounds, is in the current show and I will continue to exhibit there on a regular basis.