Michelle Hamer is a female artist born in Australia, currently working in Victoria, Australia.
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Michelle Hamer uses hand-stitched pixilation to explore the small in-between moments of apparent ‘nothingness’ that characterise everyday life. Her work focuses on text and signage within urban landscapes. It highlights contemporary social beliefs and ideals as witnessed in the impermanent and in-between spaces as utilised by signage and billboards.

Hamer’s work is based on both ‘found’ text and her own photographs -translated predominantly by eye into her tapestries. This traditional technique exposes an ironic romanticism present between tapestry and the digitalisation of imagery in contemporary society.

Michelle Hamer has received Australia Council, Arts Victoria and City of Melbourne grants; had ten solo exhibitions; partaken in numerous group shows; received a number of glowing reviews including by Sunday arts ABC TV and Robert Nelson – arts critic for ‘The Age’. Her work has recently featured in Stephen Banham’s book ‘Characters’ exploring a history of signage in Melbourne.

Michelle Hamer has works in Artbank and private collections in Melbourne, Brisbane, New York, Chicago, Beijing, Vancouver, Los Angeles and London. Her work has been included in numerous prize shows and group shows throughout Australia and on a Times Square billboard in NY. Recently returning from 3 months in the US on an Australia Council grant, Hamer has showed alongside Howard Arkley, Rosemary Laing and other notable Australian artists in the ‘Boundary Line’ exhibition at TarraWarra Museum of Art and is currently touring as part of the Tamworth Textile Triennial and Life in your hand: Solastalgia, on behalf of Object Gallery, Sydney.