Michèle Saint-Michel is an artist, filmmaker, and author. Designed to promote healing, her genre-bending works encourage healthy coping and recovery from difficult experiences. Often incorporating pressed botanicals, preserved insects, seeds and leaves, her works examine the overlap between the environmental, the cultural, and the emotional, creating a conditional and reactive multi-temporal space where new futures can be imagined.
Saint-Michel was born in Kansas City, Missouri. Before moving to London, she worked from a log cabin nestled among the rolling hills and river bluffs of the Missouri River in America's heartland. Now she works steps away from the River Thames.
Michèle Saint-Michel attends the Artists' Film & Moving Image program at Goldsmiths College, University of London. She previously attended courses in filmmaking from Seattle’s Northwest Film Forum and poetry manuscript writing at the Unterberg Poetry Center in New York. In 2020, she was selected as Filmmaker-in-Residence for Berlin’s House of Beautiful Business.
Her moving image work and poetry films have been official selections by the Prismatic Ground Festival (NYC), Manchester International Film Festival (UK), Cadence Poetry Film Festival (Seattle), Dérapage Experimental Festival (Montreal), and many others. Her installation films have been exhibited in galleries and digital arts festivals worldwide.
She’s the author of four books, a colouring book, and three journals. After the heartfelt reception of Grief is an Origami Swan, Saint-Michel released the highly experimental poetry collection, Saint Agatha Mother Redeemer, and the accompanying Saint Agatha Mother Redeemer Coloring Book. Saint-Michel's most recent poetry collection Liner Notes for Getting Out Without Catching Fire is available in illustrated and standard editions. It's accompanied by an experimental music album, Getting Out Without Catching Fire. She’s also released a set of journals based on the poetry of Walt Whitman. When she isn't creating art books, she is filming, tending her land art piece [poetry forest], and pressing flowers.