Artist Statement

I am a contemporary Multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary, practising Artist. Inspired by Punk D.I.Y and squatting.

Studied at The Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, University of the Arts.

University of life hard knocks and bruises.

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 but not in other subjects, I have server Dyslexia. Growing up with my disability has meant I have had to learn how to survive, in an ableist world, if you find the spelling and grammar on this site are not to your liking please offer to correct.

I am a participatory/multidisciplinary fine artist I live and work in London. 

My work uses many mediums, and I am influenced by both external and internal events and stories. I have a long team Relationship with the author Charles Dickens and I have used his storeys in many pieces of my work. I’m interested in his storeys because he himself experienced mental distress from a young age. He then went on to observe patients in psychiatric hospitals, these patients often became the characters in his books, although sometimes his characters were autobiographical.

I created 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 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 Storey 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 cheers both undeserving and deserving when she becomes apologetic. The fire I’ve miss Havisham’s house is seen as her punishment enter purification but regardless of the fire she continued to wear her wedding dress, In which she died.

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

I have performed at the welcome collection in 2019.

During Covid I have been a pro-active with a vibrant U-tube channel

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

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

I was commissioned By Vision 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 formed partnerships. The Largctayl Shuffle walks which 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 and been a part of the Disability Social Art movement. I exhibited at the Diormoa Gallery in London and CoolTan Arts was run by and for disabled people. I currently blog for Disability Arts on-line and I 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 and exhibitions performances, Baharier takes magical photographs and her work is for sale, you can subscribe to her u-tube Chanel to and/or find Gallery on Outside-in  Baharier began making art as a child. A mixed media practice garnered exhibitions and painting commissions.

At 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/