current boxjelly + fishcake artist-in-residence, michelle schwengel-regala of mililani, hawaii, is a science illustrator and fine artist. with an art background inextricably linked to science, michelle works in 2D and 3D to connect the public with science through art.
her "sci-art" career began in college when a professor hired her as a science illustrator, after taking an interest in the drawings she produced as a way to learn various anatomies of her subjects. since then, she has illustrated many life forms in a range of media and worked on a diverse range of projects, including technical science renderings, infographics, sculptures, and community art initiatives. after becoming a parent, the need to find a more family-friendly medium became apparent. this lead to her exploration into fiber arts and 3D. wool, metal, and paper have become her primary medium as she knits and crochets interpretations of science and nature.
no stranger to working as an artist-in residence, michelle has participated in four other programs, both near and far, prior to the boxjelly + fishcake AiR. these include residencies with the UH department of art and art history, the bishop museum, the artist-at-sea program with schmidt ocean institute, and the national science foundation antarctic artists & writers program. familiar with the boxjelly space and a visitor of fishcake for most of our 10 years in business, she says the setting and scenario of this AiR program is exactly what she needs at the moment. not only facilitating a space of inspiration to get the creative juices flowing, this program has helped michelle deepen community connections by getting to know familiar people in new, meaningful ways.
during her time with us she will be creating a solo exhibition inspired by a recent trip to antarctica, where her and dive buddy, kirsten carlson, studied and produced creative works meant to connect the public with the planet's coldest and most remote ecosystem.
taking a step away from science, michelle's work with fiber has lead her to a new and fuzzy community art initiative. you may have seen or experienced a yarnbombing by theFUZZ, a group of yarn crafters and artists taking an initiative to beautify the city on the island of o'ahu. taking fiber arts to the streets, the group puts a softer more feminine twist on street art. previous yarnbombings include a 55-foot-long knitted sweater for the monkey pod tree at spaulding house and fuzzy covers for lamp posts, trash cans, and bike racks throughout honolulu. changing the aesthetic of the surroundings, the groups yarn installations invite the passerby to stop and look.
a solo exhibition by fishcake + boxjelly AiR, michelle schwengel-regala.
opening reception | saturday, july 14th, 2018 | 6pm - 8pm.
@ theboxjelly | 307A kamani st. honolulu, hi 96813.