Michelle Samour is a multi-media artist whose work explores the intersections between science, technology and the natural world and the socio-political repercussions of redefining borders and boundaries. Samour has been a Scholar-in-Residence at the Tufts European Center in Talloires, France; an Artist-in-Residence at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Island, ME; the Banff Centre, Canada and P.R.I.N.T. Press in Denton, TX. Samour's exhibitions include the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, MA; the Museum of Modern Art in Strasbourg, FR; the Kohler Art Center in Sheboygan, WI; the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft in Houston, TX; the Racine Art Museum, WI; and the Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, MA. Samour has received grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council including a 2014 Fellowship in Drawing, a Society of Arts and Crafts New England Artist Award, and grants from the Cushman Family Fund, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Daynard Fund to study historic papermaking in France and Japan. Samour's work has been featured in SurfaceDesign, FiberArts and Hand Papermaking magazines, and is included in public and private collections including the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, International Paper Company, and the Meditech Corporation.
Samour resides in Boston, Massachusetts and is a Professor of the Practice at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University.
I am interested in taxonomy, how we organize our thoughts and ideas, how we categorize, how we create systems. At the same time, I am interested in transience and the space around this attempt at formulating the concrete. For all of our efforts to understand one another and the world around us, whether from a biologic, scientific or sociocultural perspective, little is finite. Systems can be created and broken apart. And yet, there are forms, proportions and patterns that are constant and shared in nature.