Discipline: Architecture – design

Michelle Fornabai

Discipline: Architecture – design
Region: Boston, MA
MacDowell Fellowships: 2015

Michelle Fornabai received her masters of architecture from Princeton University. Her work has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York, the Contemporary Art Center in New Orleans, the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT, and the Yuan Art Museum in Beijing, China, where it was subsequently acquired for their permanent collection. Her work has been supported by the LEF Foundation and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Study in Fine Arts among others, and has been reviewed in Surface, Praxis, The New York Times, and Frieze Magazine. She has lectured at the Whitney Museum, the ICA in Philadelphia, the San Francisco Art Institute, the Fashion Institute of Technology, and for the Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation. Her recent work on ink, Rorschach Paintings, Projective Drawings, Synesthesia Series Paintings, and Ink or V is for Vermillion as described by Vitruvius: An A to Z of Ink in Architecture explores the relation between material cues and their perceptual and cognitive processing. In 2015, while artist in residence at MacDowell, she completed "act 3: mix (To a Water Lily)," two landscape-scale works in floating concrete using the vibrational setting of concrete with sound, as part of her decade-long project Concrete Poetry: 10 Conceptual Acts of Architecture in Concrete.



Michelle Fornabai worked in the Heinz studio.

The icehouse, built of fieldstone in 1914–1915, was a practical part of Marian MacDowell’s plan for a self-sufficient farm. Winter ice cut from a nearby pond was stored here for summer use on the property. Idle since 1940, it was a handsome but outdated farm building. In 1995, Mrs. Drue Heinz, a vice chairman…

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