Nia Michaels
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Coming up:
My work will be here:

It's the return of one hundred works of art for under $100 each!
Thursday, September 7, 5-9 PM
Curated by Jane Richlovsky & Dara Solliday
Snatch up art by resident '57 Biscayne artists and lots of fabulous guests—drawings, paintings, tintypes, photo and media constructions, tin collage, and more—and take it home that very night. Remaining works available by appointment through the month of September.
'57 Biscayne
110 Cherry Street, 2nd Floor
Pioneer Square, Seattle

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Guest Shed Gallery, (Georgetown, Seattle) will have more work in the 'secret' gallery for the rest of their gallery season. Next event Aug 12 & 13.
Info here:
http://www.tammyspears.com/gallery-news-

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Entre Rios has published a book featuring a collaboration of my Patron Saint series and the poetry of Knox Gardner. You can order directly from me or from entreriosbooks.com.

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Interested in learning to make art with tin? Message me to be added to my class notification list!

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Follow me: Instagram @studioniam
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After working in painting and mixed media for many years, a long held obsession with decorative tins took over my studio and I began to work exclusively in tin.

I am drawn to the intricate patterns, the range of colors, as well as the effects of aging; the rust, dents, scratches and fading. The tins are flattened and snipped and assembled into pieces that combine appropriated commercial imagery from the past into something new.

I often incorporate Civil War-era tintype photos. The contrast and balance of the colorful tins with the gray tones of the tintypes and the somber expressions of the tintype faces is an essential part of my compositions, often evoking a sense of nostalgia and melancholy that is central to my work. Choosing the perfect photo for each piece is a sort of casting call. I comb through hundreds of photos to find the perfect image. My recent series, Patron Saints, was particularly challenging as each photo had evoke a sort of saintly countenance as well as, ideally, a clue to each patronage.

I am fascinated with the seemingly endless possibilities and stories that I can coax from these small pieces of metal.