Michele Colburn is an American-Swiss artist based in Washington, DC. Her work comtemplates themes of war and violence through an appropriation of materials. While rooted in a specifically American context, her work appeals to a global experience.
"For a long time, I have been interested in working with materials that carry certain associations, weight and even memory," the artist says. Alongside her current gunpowder series, Colburn undertakes an ambitious ongoing project that employs surplus military tripwire to create large knitted panels that represent the human cost of America’s invasion of Iraq: one stitch for every life. Colburn transforms her materials into something aesthetically alluring, that invites reflection and conversation.
“Political and peace activism is part of who I am, and all work is biographical in a way… I want people to take a moment and think about the associations of the materials and the collective damage they inflict.”