The Band-aid Ring is Lopez’s 15-year old idea that got executed last summer when she was making her brother’s wedding ring. Many of Lopez’s sculptures shift the material of a familiar object by having it collide with another idea to deepen the object’s truth. By commemorating a wound with a precious metal, Lopez wanted to make our cuts iconic. These designs render not only band-aids but thimbles, honest wedding bands, armor and protectors of our human injuries, while hoping to contain a bit of bittersweet humor.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Michelle Lopez’s work has been seen at solo exhibitions at Feature, Deitch Projects, Simon Preston Gallery, LA><Art, Fondazione Trussardi (Milan). Currently she has a solo show at Galerie Christophe Gaillard in Paris. Notable group exhibitions: PS 1 (Greater New York, 2000), Public Art Fund Metrotech, OCMA California Biennial, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and the Brooklyn Museum. Michelle has been reviewed in Artforum, New York Times, Art in America, Frieze and Newsweek. She is the recipient of a NYFA fellowship grant in the category of sculpture (2011), UC Berkeley research grants, and a NYFA fiscal sponsorship. Before receiving her MFA from SVA in 1994, Michelle earned a BA cum laude degree in literature and art history from Barnard College, Columbia University in 1992. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn and teaches at Yale University, School of Art in the sculpture department.