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About the Artist

Michael Simi (Seattle) merges digital technology with everyday objects to create art systems and installations that question the poetics of interaction. His goal: “to create a diffusion layer between personal experience and the obfuscating nature of language.” Michael has been shown across Washington in addition to many shows in Marquette, MI where he completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2004. He completed his education in 2007 with a Master in Fine Arts from the University of Washington. His work is scheduled to be shown at Seattle’s Gallery 4Culture in 2009.

Michael received a 2008 GAP for financial assistance for the completion of his multi-disciplinary sculptural figure installation, Applewood Manor. His most ambitious project to date, Applewood Manor will feature a group of 24 full-sized, clothed figures with a speaker in every head. Each figure will have independent “thoughts and concerns” to be voiced through their speaker. The resulting sound will, at times be a cacophony and, at others, a symphony.

As part of hisFellowship’s Meet the Artist requirements, Mike presented The Influence of Blue Collar: Defining Mr. Weekend, at Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park, talking about his work with robotics, sound, plastics and photography. He discussed the influences of his work and shared videos of his current work-in-progress, Mr. Weekend, a 15-foot-tall talking robotic sock puppet. The audience engaged in a lively question-and-answer session after the presentation.

Information included above was provided by artist at the time of application.