Michel Varisco

b. 1967 New Orleans, LA
Resides in New Orleans, La 

www.michelvarisco.com 

"Turning, (Prayer wheels for the Mississippi River)", 2017, Stainless steel rotating cylinders (water-jet cut and engraved), with mosaic bases, View at Luna fete, collection of the City of New Orleans,  Dimensions: 3 individual sculptures at 8' ht x 24" diameter cylinders, 3' diameter bases, Maps on cylinders courtesy of Kate Orff/Scape from Petrochemical America-Misrach/Orff, Aperture, 2012, Images of "Turning" courtesy of Michel Varisco, ©Michel Varisco

"Turning, (Prayer wheels for the Mississippi River)", 2017, Stainless steel rotating cylinders (water-jet cut and engraved), with mosaic bases, View at Luna fete, collection of the City of New Orleans, 
Dimensions: 3 individual sculptures at 8' ht x 24" diameter cylinders, 3' diameter bases, Maps on cylinders courtesy of Kate Orff/Scape from Petrochemical America-Misrach/Orff, Aperture, 2012, Images of "Turning" courtesy of Michel Varisco, ©Michel Varisco

Michel Varisco creates art that explores endangered environs of and the relationship between the natural world and engineered environments. Focusing on loss and regeneration, she works most often in photography but also through installation, sculpture, assemblages, and video.  Inspiration for a body of work is usually sparked by the question: “As a species, how do we live with nature?” Varisco believes that the space one travels through is as important as the objects and organisms encountered.  That notion, coupled with her desire to make work that not only provokes reflection but also positive change, compels her to do public, site-specific installations whenever possible. “Turning (prayer wheels for the Mississippi River)” is a project that blends social and environmental activism with interactive sculpture where even the land the site is situated on becomes an integral part of the piece. Her work is exhibited and published internationally and is included in public, private and corporate collections in the United States and abroad.  A native of New Orleans, Varisco has also worked part time as an artist mentor at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts mentoring the next generation of creatives.