Michelle Wilson explores the use of inter-media art as a conduit for imagining alternate political and personal realities in which non-human animals are afforded relational and differentiated rights. Collaborating with non-human actants, conservation officers, Indigenous community members, and local naturalists, Wilson's current work aims to make palpable the presence and absence of the bison, as well as their inseparability from the land and its people.
Wilson received her BFA from the University of Ottawa in 2005 and graduated with highest honours from the School of Photographic Arts, Ottawa, in 2008. She has participated in numerous bio-art residencies, including an artist in residence at Riding Mountain National Park in 2016 and 2017. In 2015, she successfully defended her MFA thesis, ANIMA: Visual Art as a Vehicle for Exploring Other Modes of Relatedness. She is currently a third-year Ph.D. candidate in Art and Visual Culture at Western University, London, Ontario.
She is also participating in GardenShip & State project curated by Jeff Thomas and Patrick Mahon which will be presented in September 2021 at Museum London. An in-progress version of Michelle's multi-media (non-linear) dissertation can be viewed here.