Michael McConnell was born in Michigan, where he used to watch squirrels from the front window. He studied art at the Columbus College of Art and Design, focusing on printmaking. After graduating from CCAD he packed up a U-Haul and drove across country to the Bay Area, where he currently lives in San Francisco. In the past 16 years he hasn’t found a good reason to leave. Making art is how Michael makes sense of the world and his forgotten childhood. Observing his own anxieties and awkwardness, he creates visual narratives that examine loneliness, responsibility, and choice. In his work the innocence and vulnerability of children and animals is constrained. The stories unfold in the space between memory and nostalgia, and focus on the tension between youth and maturity. Michael has shown nationally in Nashville, Santa Fe and New York City, to name a few. Michael was an artist in residence at La Porte Peinte in 2011, and he participated in the shows CaliforNoyers and Be:e. His work may currently be seen at La Porte Peinte.
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