Michelle Robinson is an Adelaide-based visual artist and photographer who was born in Singapore. She has been taking photos since she was a child.
After completing her law degree in England, Michelle returned to Singapore briefly to work in the banking industry.
In 1997, Michelle moved to Australia.
In 2000, Michelle became a mother and settled in Adelaide where she has lived permanently as a proud Australian.
Unbeknownst to Michelle, she was suffering from prolonged Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. This was diagnosed after a severe nervous breakdown in 2006. On recovering, Michelle discovered a new-found creativity. She viewed many things with child-like wonder. Her creative journey started off with painting and drawing. In time, she rediscovered her love for taking photographs and for art.
Combining art and photography, Michelle is well known for her self-portraiture. These images are her way of articulating her inner struggles with depression and anxiety – the two symptoms associated with PTSD that affect her greatly. Her work straddles digital art and traditional photography to produce images that convey the angst and pain of having to deal with The Black Dog.
Michelle’s work has been recognised internationally and locally via awards and shortlists. She has received numerous honourable mentions in competitions as well as having her work published.
In 2012, Michelle was shortlisted for her first solo exhibition during the Berlin Foto Festival for her photo essay “Anzac Day, A Nation Remembers”.
Her work has also been exhibited in France, Hungary, Portugal, England, the Czech Republic and the USA. Furthermore, her images have been used in magazine publications, album covers and as lead images for articles published.
In 2016 “Queen of Her Own Dreams” was a shortlisted finalist in the Emma Hack Art Prize; “Survival Is Justice for Silent Victims” won the first prize at the Adelaide Law School’s Images of Justice photography competition. In this year, her work was also recognised in The Lumiere Awards for Contemporary Photography as well as The Tokyo International Foto Awards
Michelle decided to take a break from competitions and open calls in 2017 to focus on her ongoing projects as well as experimental works.
Michelle’s work has been purchased for private collections and are available on request. Most of her work is limited to single editions or limited print runs to 5 or 10 editions
Her work is printed on either archival paper, parchment or pigment on canvas. Please feel free to contact Michelle for any enquiries.