Crit Group Crew: Michele & Susannah

Mentor: Michele Landel

Location: Paris, France – CET

Mother to 3 children


IG: @michelelandel

Mentorship Style: As the mother of three children (14, 10, and 7 years old), I understand the daily struggle between being a working artist and raising a family, particularly in a foreign culture. As a mentor, I try to create a unique space where we as women can openly share and learn from each other on how to grow our art practices and careers. From techniques to working with galleries, my group is about growing together to be successful (however you define this) and stronger.

Bio: Michele is an American artist living and working in Paris, France. She holds degrees in Fine Arts and Art History. Her work has been exhibited throughout Europe, the UK, and US and appears in The Collage Ideas Book. She was awarded the 2018 Innovative Technique Award by the Surface Design Association. She is currently represented by the Muriel Guepin Gallery in NYC, NY the Ségolène Brossette Galerie in Paris, France, and Le Salon Vert in Geneva, Switzerland.

Who’s Afraid, 2019, secondhand bed sheet, photograph, and thread

Visiting Artist: Susannah Montague

Website & IG: @susannah_montague

Bio: Susannah Montague is a British born ceramic sculptor, based on Bowen Island, Canada. She received her BFA from Emily Carr University and OCAD University.

Montague’s highly symbolic and eerily beautiful sculptures at once draw you in, and repel you. In each the surreal porcelain works, there is a narrative to be discovered. Using a combination of hand building, press molds, and slip casting to build her sculptures, she also references traditions from ceramic fine-craft and art history.

Montague uses symbols such as fading flowers, bubbles, skulls, and insects to represent death and the transient nature of life. These symbols, interspersed with casts of toys including dolls, helicopters, and bunnies, take on a slightly sinister feeling in their modern compositions. Montague’s work examines the cycles in our lives and asks us to revel in the beauty of the absurd.

BACK TO SCHOOL 2020 Ceramic, Glaze, Underglaze, 22k Gold Lustre and Decals, 27 x 19.5 x 11.5 INCHES