MICHAEL
HART WEBSTER

Montreal, Canada
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ARTIST STATEMENT


I began my career in experimental and commercial video editing and approach my artistic and collage practice with the eye of a video editor, treating each element in my artwork like an actor in a scene.

My work comes from a place between diary and dream where I present the seen and the unseen, the physical and the intangible, together. I capture changes within, whether It is a moment of self-growth, a moment of intuition, the feeling of being thirsty in the bath or the instant when an idea sparks.

I am constantly balancing the beautiful, absurd and familiar using emotions like hues on a colour wheel.

A combination of techniques are used in my work, from creating abstract works to searching for old books of music and other unique treasures. When I search for an object I also search for the story associated with it. I then rip and tear these varying elements in order to build them back up, like scenes in a film, into a final form through a process of layering.

My work is about searching and giving a second life to forgotten objects. It is organic and intuitive. and it is about shining a light on the invisible and connecting on the things we cannot easily describe or see. 

ARTIST BIO


  • Canadian-Irish artist
  • Born 1983 in London, Ontario
  • Presently based in Montreal, Quebec
  • Abstract and figurative collage, illustration and design for over 25 years
  • Professional and academic background in video and art direction
  • From a family of artists and writers
  • Studios in Mile-End & Mont-Tremblant 
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