Michele grew up looking at art and has been involved in the art making world most of her life. What I find interesting about Michele is that she was motivated to become a tattoo artist by her experiences collecting work. She found that the majority of work out there at the time was a bit overbearing for her and she longed for something that was geared more towards a feminine aesthetic. In fact, she has since decided to cater to an all female clientele.
Nature and the objects, textures, and elements that can be found within it heavily influence Wortman. While she is open to doing individual pieces, she is very interested in completing what she calls “body sets.” These sets offer more of a balance to their work and collection. While one may think of them as being large works, smaller pieces may also fall into this category. What Michele is encouraging is for her clients to think more “holistically” about their entire collection.
Besides an obvious talent for working on skin, Michele has her fingers in a few other media as well. She has a wonderful collection of figure drawings on her site, which are perhaps one of the telltale signs of any serious artist. The ability to capture the human figure is one that many will struggle with an entire lifetime. Her gestural images are loose while retaining feeling and detail.
Michele is also an experienced painter and her works capture an amazing essence of the natural world while often injecting a spiritual quality. Wortman has taken to what she calls “hypersketches” to keep herself fresh and artistically in tune when on the road. Each of these small paintings/drawings is done in less than an hour and allows Michele to work in an intuitive way. A plus of this type of work is that the images are often available on e-bay for a reasonable sum, which means we get to collect her work without having to take too much out of our tattoo account.
For those of you who know me, you know that I am an artist who bases himself in photography. So, it is probably no surprise that I am drawn to Michele’s photographic works. In 2005 she published a book entitled Moments of Epiphany. This book is a collection of her macroscapes and abstract detail photographs. The coolest part of the publication is that it comes with a soundtrack that is meant to be listened to while looking at the images. This, for me, shows how far ahead Michele thinks when working on a project. The ability to conceptualize a body of work that transcends the traditional boundaries of media is one that many artists never attain.
It goes without saying that I believe anyone would be happy with a piece by this artist, whether it be a body set, hypersketch, or photograph. A piece by this visionary would be worthwhile in any collection.
Be sure to check her out at her virtual home www.hyperspacestudios.com
Love, Respect, and Ride Safe,