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Mickael Broth
updated: 10/17/2011
website: www.wiltedroses.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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The Wife Hole
We've Got It Made Together
Ash Return
Emerald City
Blues Singer
The House That Used To Be
Scene of the Crime
Loop Current
The Man with Two Brains
Astroturf
Thursday Nights at John's Place
When You Leave This World Alone, What Will You Take?
Wild in the Streets
Go On West
Juiced
 
Portfolio Keywords:  political, animals, illustration, narrative, social criticism, urban, cartoon, gender/sexuality, violence
 
 
The Wife Hole by Mickael Broth
The Wife Hole
pen, ink, collage on paper
2011
20 " x  20 " 
We've Got It Made Together by Mickael Broth
We've Got It Made Together
Pen and Ink on Paper
2008
22 " x  26 " 
Ash Return by Mickael Broth
Ash Return
Pen, Ink, and Collage on Paper
2010
20" x  20" 
Emerald City by Mickael Broth
Emerald City
Pen and Ink on Paper
2009
22" x  22"  x 3" 
Blues Singer by Mickael Broth
Blues Singer
Pen and Ink on Paper
2009
22" x  19"  x 3" 
The House That Used To Be by Mickael Broth
The House That Used To Be
Pen and Ink on Paper
2009
18" x  26"  x 3" 
Scene of the Crime by Mickael Broth
Scene of the Crime
Pen and Ink on Hand Cut Paper
2010
27" x  25"  x 3" 
Loop Current by Mickael Broth
Loop Current
Pen and Ink on Hand Cut Paper
2010
26" x  34"  x 3" 
The Man with Two Brains by Mickael Broth
The Man with Two Brains
Pen and Ink on Paper
2009
21 " x  15 "  x 3 " 
Astroturf by Mickael Broth
Astroturf
Pen and Ink on Paper
2010
30" x  22" 
Thursday Nights at John's Place by Mickael Broth
Thursday Nights at John's Place
Pen and Ink on Hand Cut Paper
2009
28" x  24"  x 3" 
When You Leave This World Alone, What Will You Take? by Mickael Broth
When You Leave This World Alone, What Will You Take?
Pen and Ink on Paper
2008
26" x  22" 
Wild in the Streets by Mickael Broth
Wild in the Streets
Pen and Ink on Paper
2008
22 " x  30 " 
Go On West by Mickael Broth
Go On West
Pen, ink, collage
2011
52" x  30" 
Juiced by Mickael Broth
Juiced
Pen, ink, collage on paper
2011
28" x  22" 

Artist Statement
My work addresses the complex fabric of a global society and how individuals fit into it. I work primarily with ink on paper, which I find to be an effective medium for conveying my ideas in a direct and precise manner. The content of my work is based in my youth as a punk rock skate kid, while much of my stylistic language comes directly from graffiti and music.
    Street art has been a huge influence on me since I was fifteen, both in its form and its underlying assumption of empowerment and political expression. My life as a graffiti writer was abruptly halted when I was arrested in 2004. I served ten months in correctional facilities for my willful defacing of property with bright colors and big letters. It was during my incarceration that my current style of drawing developed. Through the rhythm of music and my confused mind, the drawings developed.
    I feel that drawing is a very direct and “honest” means of creating an image. Much like the work of a graffiti writer or a musician performing live, any mistakes are evident for the audience to see. This demands an acute attention to detail and craft. Yet, because it is such a direct process, there is incredible freedom to improvise and react to my surroundings.
The current state of global affairs is impossible to ignore and is central to my work. My thoughts on world politics flow seamlessly into images of the most personal aspects of my life, as notes in a song transition into one another. I aim for the imagery to act as visual poetry; just as one line in a song does not tell a story, one image in my work does not create the meaning.
    In a world that seems to be collapsing in on its self (whether you get your news from Fox or NPR), people are able to continue on with their daily lives. We all chase an “advertisement life” while our leaders wage wars on our behalf and at our expense. We are simultaneously a number in a system and an individual to those who know us. That is what I seek to capture in my work.

Artist Bio / CV

Mickael Elliot Broth has exhibited his intricately detailed drawings at a variety of venues over the past few years including solo shows at ADA Gallery, Richmond, VA; GFL Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; and Youngblood Gallery, Atlanta, GA. He has been included in multiple group exhibitions including the Weatherspoon Art Museum's "Art on Paper 2008", South Eastern Center for Contemporary Art’s “Homegrown 2007”, and the Contemporary Art Center of Virgnia’s “New Waves” exhibitions in both 2008 and 2009.

Mickael received his BFA in Painting and Print Making from Virginia Commonwealth University in December of 2005, but attributes most of his artistic education to the ten months he spent in correctional facilities for graffiti. It was during this time that he developed the skill and patience to create legal works that addressed the underlying reasons for his motivation to paint graffiti. Since his release from jail, Mickael has focused on both his fine art and the creation of murals and signage for local businesses. He currently lives and works in Richmond, Virginia and was awarded a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Fellowship Award in 2008 as well as jurors' awards for his work in the “New Waves” 2008 and 2009 exhibits. In 2009, the Boone, NC's Turchin Art Center purchased a piece of his work for their permanent collection. Mickael's work will be featured in the inaugural exhibition at Artisphere (Arlington, VA).