Artist Statement

I am a Contemporary, Multidisciplinary, and Interdisciplinary Fine Artist inspired by Punk D.I.Y and Squatting. I live and work in London and have studied at The Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, University of the Arts.

My work explores our emotions – the human condition, how we survive and thrive.

My Story

I started making art as a child and I excelled in Art. This was due to servere Dyslexia. Growing up with my disability meant I learned how to survive in an ableist world. If you find the spelling and grammar on this site not to your liking, please suggest to corrections.

 

My work uses many mediums. My influences include internal and external stories. I have a fascination with with author Charles Dickens and have used his stories in many pieces of my work. Like me, he experienced mental distress from a young age. He went on to observe patients in psychiatric hospitals. Those patients often became characters in books and some characters were autobiographical.

Below is Miss Havisham’s wedding dress which was showcased by the Bethlehem Museum of the Mind in 2020 and a Women For All Seasons. It was made by me for the Bicentenary of Charles Dickens in 2012, first shown at the London Alternative Fashion Show.

Miss Havisham’s  wedding dress
“Miss Havisham’s Wedding Dress”

When I exhibited Miss Havisham’s Wedding Dress at the Art Academy in Woolworth Rd, Southwark, London, a number of visitors wondered whether Miss Havisham was based on a real person, who at one time used to live in Camberwell Green. The woman in question used to dress completely in white and paint her face white. Tragically the women in question had lost all of her family in a fire.

Miss Havisham’s story in Great Expectations, is different. Despite being a wealthy spinster who was jilted at the altar, she insists on wearing her wedding dress for the rest of her life. Miss Havisham’s character gives us a picture of how women were treated at that time. Like many of Dickens’ characters, she is both undeserving and deserving when she becomes apologetic. The fire in Miss Havisham’s house is seen as her punishment and purification but regardless of the fire, she continued to wear her wedding dress which she ultimately died in.

https://www.zealous.co/michellebaharier/project/Miss-Havisham/

I have performed at the Welcome Collection in 2019.

During Covid, I have been pro-active with a vibrant YouTube channel.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCd2ODSWP5GI0mtxGMitpnvQ?view_as=subscriber

I love drawing and teaching and did so at Morley College. I take images using my camera and turn them into drawings, sometimes adding words. All my photographs are for sale as prints.

I was commissioned by Vision, an arts group of adults with learning disabilities, to paint murals on London’s Hoxton’s wall for the 2017 Para-Olympics.

She curated Sound Moves with Pro: S.Morris the first artists to go on the phone held in the Tate archive. 


Baharier ran CoolTan Arts for over twenty-five years. She participated in and curated exhibitions. The Largactayl Shuffle Walks partnered with the Science Museum, the Olympic Park, and others. You can find out about what Baharier did at CoolTan Arts from here:  https://www.kingsfund.org.uk/audio-video/2015-gsk-impact-awards-cooltan-arts

As a Disabled Person, I have always engaged in the Disability Social Art movement. I exhibited at the Diorama Gallery in London and CoolTan Arts was run by and for disabled people. I currently blog for Disability Arts Online and have a gallery with Outside-in.

https://disability-studies.leeds.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/library/Sutherland-Chronology29.4.05-Word-intro-and-logo.wpd.pdf

Links

Find her on NSUN


Artists NewsLetter:  https://www.a-n.co.uk/tag/lockdown-covid-19-isolation/

Flea Circus 
200 postcards to name a few.  
Dwell-Time 

Alongside many community and private assignments as well as exhibitions performances, Baharier takes magical photographs and her work is for sale. You can subscribe to her YouTube Channel and/or find her gallery on Outside-in.

A mixed media practice garnered exhibitions and painting commissions.

https://www.createbritain.com/Profiles/michellebaharier

Reviews 

https://journals.rcni.com/mental-health-practice/the-summer-solstice-largactyl-shuffle-from-madhouse-to-modern-psychiatric-hospital-mhp.13.1.14.s13

Older blogs and rights campaigning: https://michellebaharier.wordpress.com/