Adaptable artist keeps adjusting

Michelle Lamb moves forward despite rough seas


Productive Littleton artist Michelle (Mickey) Lamb is creating artwork in as much variety and with as many varied materials as ever.

“What has been beneficial to me in all times, let alone (during the pandemic of) COVID, is being a multidisciplinary artist, so that I can move from one (project) to the other to adapt to what might sell or what interests me," Lamb says. "Hence my soft sculpture and the mixed media assemblage.”

She is a member of the coop gallery, CORE, which has moved to Lakewood from its previous Santa Fe Art District location, plans on a December one-person show and is always on the lookout for new materials — a range of various objects she collects as she makes her way through her world ... (CORE is open on weekends now).

She was enthusiastic about an old typewriter, which she pulled apart and an old adding machine — also, with parts sorted into special drawers in her home studio.

We talked about the ability to look at an object and see something altogether different that it might be come, when combined with other bits of this and that — as well as coated in paint that converts plastic to a metal look, for example. There are new adhesives and plastics that might turn old pearls or other beads into a wholly other use than a decorative string of beads around one's neck ...

One assemblage work perhaps started as a dressmaker's form in another period of its existence, and has gradually welcomed decorative additions — probably a process that went on while other works were also forming in Lamb's spacious, highly-organized studio.

It's helpful to have a gallery presence, Lamb believes, even if much of the art world has come to a standstill. She was selected for Loveland's prestigious summer exhibit this year — which then canceled — and had been invited to participate in a Japanese teddy bear fair, also canceled.

Her soft sculptures are collector-worthy teddy bears, each a one-of-a-kind creation and she has met collectors from across the nation and around the world. These furry creatures are definitely not toys and sell for substantial prices.

She will teach at Art Students League of Denver in the fall about how to turn material things into ones that look like metal-using a new coating product ... Keeping up on new materials is a major and ongoing challenge.

In past years, she has participated in teddy bear fairs in Philadelphia, in London and elsewhere and will keep producing these as well as wall-hung and in-the-round art.

She is recognized in Littleton as the artist of the colorful mural on the back/train side of the historic Downtown Littleton Light Rail Station, which should be familiar to many readers, and originally was a graphic artist, with a degree from Colorado State University that set her on this track.

And, helped her cope in what has been a difficult time for artists of all kinds ...


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