HELLO! You may know me as Michelle, Shelly, Shelly Shucker, or Meka. Yep, an artist with many names.
Myfascination with the ways in which ecology, industry and ceremony intersect defines my investigation into therole ofhumanas animal, consumer, and healer. I use collage, sculpture, installation and performance to recover and analyze materials from cultural landscapes within the greater context of nature’s hierarchy. My creations are often patterns and layers of manufactured objects combined withorganicmaterials, sometimes suggesting absurdity; other times offering communion or remediation. Within my process,the gathering and transporting of constituent elements for the works of art becomeritualized action. My body becomes an intersection of overlapping systems as I interact with specific environments. Often there is a tension of beauty and pain in an archetypal humanness that accumulates, memorializes, and tires outs; alwaysleaves traces behind. My artistic methods of instinct, innovation, and intuition become refined as I digdeeper into that tension. I have anMFA in Interdisciplinary Arts and Media from Columbia College Chicago. Additionally, I received anMA in Art and Social Change fromNaropa University and a BFA in Painting and Drawing from Laguna College of Art and Design. I have taught in art programs around the world and across the country. My home and studio are currently in Tijeras, NM from which you can take private or small group classes. I also operate amobile art studio, SMASH Bus, through which I offer classes and workshopsfor communities of all ages and backgrounds in Albuquerque and beyond.