Michelle Echenique

  • "Travelers", installed on the Greek island of Lesvos, evokes the passage, resilience and hope of displaced people.
  • "Travelers", detail, installed on the Greek island of Lesvos, evokes the passage, resilience and hope of displaced people.
  • "Travelers", detail, installed on the Greek island of Lesvos, evokes the passage, resilience and hope of displaced people.
  • Entrance to the "Seaview Trail" installed on the Greek island of Lesvos, that leads to a chapel dedicated to Dionysus, the Greek god of wine and Athena, the Greek Goddess who created the olive tree.
  • Detail from the "Seaview Trail" installed on the Greek island of Lesvos, that leads to a chapel dedicated to Dionysus, the Greek god of wine and Athena, the Greek Goddess who created the olive tree.
  • Detail from the "Seaview Trail" installed on the Greek island of Lesvos, that leads to a chapel dedicated to Dionysus, the Greek god of wine and Athena, the Greek Goddess who created the olive tree.
  • "The Green Warrior" with its manufactured head and torso and natural lower extremity, highlights contemporary humanity's split personality. While we tend to forget or deny our connection to nature we must find our way back in order to survive.
  • "Climate Zones" is a hanging garden highlighting nature's wildness: an ability to break out of the compartments in which we try to contain it.
  • "Shatter" a reclaimed material sculpture, part of the Aegean Passage art trail
  • "Totem" a reclaimed material sculpture, part of the Aegean Passage art trail
  • "Trail Guide" a reclaimed material sculpture, part of the "Wheel Sea Trail".
  • "Ship's Wheel" a reclaimed material sculpture, part of the "Wheel Sea Trail".
  • "Beer Nuts", a kinetic sculpture using reclaimed material
  • "Route of Passage", a kinetic sculpture using reclaimed material
  • Mobile of reclaimed metal from "The Junk Trail".
  • Installation using repurposed environmental art from "The Junk Trail".
  • Installation using repurposed materials, from "The Junk Trail".
  • Windsock" site specific sculpture of reclaimed material.

Michelle Echenique is a mixed-media artist living and working in San Francisco, CA.
Her work utilizes found material. Using throwaways is equal parts preference—she revels in the challenge of repurposing—and environmental statement—highlighting contemporary society’s overconsumption.

Her current focus is trail building utilizing current landscape features and incorporating created sculptures using local finds. Contextualizing a trail within the land’s natural and human history unites the current sense of place with its past while inviting travelers to consider dynamically how current circumstance is shaped by what came before.

Artworks along the path, created using material from the place, provide visual cues and considerations all intended to build upon the fusion of the past with a vision of what’s ahead.

Outside the studio Michelle is active with the temporary art space, Hayes Valley Art Works. She is on the Board of Directors and Treasurer of WEAD, (Women Eco Artists Dialog) and is a Teaching Artist for ArtSpan participating in Art for City Youth and Community Engagement Project

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    • San Francisco CA 94114
    • 415-696-2233

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