Michele de la Menardiere is a professional fine artist currently based in San Francisco, California. She has exhibited her work in nationally renowned galleries across the country and he work was selected for two major public art projects—Emerge, a large-scale art installation on the exterior wall of the Hyatt Regency in Crystal City, VA and Nascent Flight, a public artwalk project sponsored by the DC Commission for the Arts and Humanities in Washington, DC. Michele’s work is part of prestigious collections at public venues and private corporations such as the US Embassy in Burkina Faso, the DC Commission for the Arts and Humanities, Archstone Residencies, The American Association for Metropolitan Water Agencies, Stone and Youngberg, and Westin Hotels. Her work is part of the US State Department’s Art in Embassies program.
Michele studied at Parson’s School of Art in Paris, France and Chelsea College of Art and Design in London, England. She holds a degree in Public Art and Design from Chelsea College of Art
Through iridescent color, amorphic shape, and varying texture, Michele de la Menardiere uses an abstract language to explore the rich complexity of the visceral landscape. She creates to inquire into such universal themes as: mortality; beauty; loss; the spirit; conflict; harmony; loneliness; and grace. The process of painting itself is equally as important as the end result. Michele paints as a cathartic response to her constantly evolving energies and emotions. She paints to be present and to connect to something deeply essential and sublime. Through this meditative exercise, each piece becomes an authentic and passionate expression of existing in the moment.