HELLO! You may know me as Michelle, Shelly, Shelly Shucker, or Meka. Yep, an artist with many names.

fascination with the ways in which ecology, industry and ceremony intersect defines my investigation into the role of human as 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 with organicmaterials, 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; always leaves traces behind. My artistic methods of instinct, innovation, and intuition become refined as I dig deeper into that tension. 

I have an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts and Media from Columbia College Chicago. Additionally, I received an MA in Art and Social Change from  Naropa  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 a mobile art studio, SMASH Bus, through which I offer classes and workshops for communities of all ages and backgrounds in Albuquerque and beyond.