Our little cafe is home to many pieces of artwork, from our latte art to the beautiful tea sets, and we’re honored that this month it is also home to our resident artist’s work. Michele Utley Voigt’s #NOW installation adorns our walls with lively interpretations of the human condition.
“Through my process, I expose beauty that outlives barbarity and splendor that transcends from tragedy,” explains Utley Voigt.
Utley Voigt’s “American Woman” tells a coming of age story that celebrates Indigenous females, while “She Defies Gravity” creates a visual representation of a woman breaking past the structures that once bound her.
Below Michele Utley Voigt shares more fun facts of how she came to create these pieces and the history behind her own career.
She taught art to adults with disabilities
Utley Voigt added a layer of purpose to her work by spending time in Los Angeles teaching art to adults with disabilities as a way to help them feel empowered.
"I helped them sell their work,” shares Utley Voigt. “Immediately I appreciated how earning pay changes lives. The economic independence it provides empowers self-determination. I moved on to create employment for all restricted populations; mentally ill, welfare recipients, ex-felons, immigrants, refugees, the homeless, un/underemployed; eventually everyone! Work changed their lives and that impacted the world.”
Her artwork has found home all over the states
While Utley Voigt splits her time between the east and west coast, her artwork has made its home in all parts of the US. Her studio is based out of Greenwich, CT, while galleries and museums across New York and Miami hold her work.
She challenges all patrons to remain present
With her Art Lover’s installation, Utley Voigt paints pictures that ask us to stay present and explore our human condition as it exits.
“I paint to render the human relationship with eternity, to demonstrate that the human reality as we experience it is bound to the continuum of time,” explains Utley Voigt.
You can view Utley Voigt’s installation through June TK. Make sure to tag @artloverscafe in all IG posts!