The artistic experience, like a mystical experience, can generate a kind of communion with reality. I engage in my studio practice to see things as they are, face to face in their naked existence, and be transformed by what is revealed. The contradictions of being can be made tangible in a work of art. This in no way resolves the contradictions but gives rise to a consciousness of living with them. Though I begin each painting focused on a specific material thing, I move to a position of surrender and unknowing where the results are unpredictable. I frequently use a system for translation and then abandon the system, allowing for changes in direction, mistakes, and surprises.
Michon Weeks received her BA from Iowa State University and her MFA from the University of Minnesota. She has been a member of the Art faculty at St. Olaf College since 2012. Her solo exhibition venues include the Rochester Art Center, Rochester, MN, and the Morrison Gallery, University of Minnesota, Morris, MN. Her numerous group exhibitions include “Abstract Painting in MN: From 1930 to the Present” at the Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul, MN, and “Art on the Plains” at the Plains Art Museum, Fargo, ND. Weeks was honored with the Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board in 2019. She is currently working on a body of work comprised of egg tempera paintings on wooden panels, drawing from a range of influences from Duccio’s Maesta to broader questions concerning the relationship between finite and infinite reality.