collagist in the house
Michelle Concetta aka/DRI:M/ARTZ
Collagist based in Saudi Arabia
Prone to escapism from an early age, Michelle finds comfort in the one thing that grounds her to the Real—creating art and shaping her world to fulfill her aesthetic yearnings. Self-taught, her talents cover a broad spectrum, but of late contemporary collage has come front and center, refueling her passion for the medium.
She utilizes her own photography as well as found and digital imagery to create collages that make unexpected connections between line, form, space, and color. Michelle explores these relationships and aims to both engage the viewer in the spontaneous process of finding meaning within the visual landscape and arouse a touch of mystery—this synergy she ultimately desires to achieve is the driving force behind why she creates. In her work, she touches upon themes of spirituality, magic and conjuring, the exploration of the human psyche, confession, art as therapy, and the surreal.
She is the editor of /DRI:M/SPACE, an art blog dedicated to elevating the medium of contemporary collage.
2021 Vayo Collage Gallery / Rochester, NY
2020 Festival KAOS / Kranj, Slovenia
2019 Art Room / Fort Worth, TX
2018 The Collage Garden / Moscow, Russia
2016 Dark Room Gallery / Essex, VT
2015 Gulf Photo / Dubai, UAE
2014 GPP / Dubai, UAE
2013 Dark Room Gallery / Essex, VT
2019 Doug & Laurie Kanyer Art Collection