Michelle Zacharias: Born in Canada but currently resides in Japan.
As a visual artist, Michelle Zacharias always seem to be on the outside looking in. As a Canadian in Japan, that is definitely the case. Is she now a Canadian artist or a Japanese artist? Do these labels work in an international context? Add to that her choice of media and style and…voila! Although this is the 21st century and the rest of the world is digital, she is decidedly analog and works primarily in etching, conté crayon, and coloured pencil. Too conservative for the artsies and too artsy for the conservatives; too analog for the digital age and too abstract or organic for those painstakingly doing photographic copies. Be it black-and-white etchings or colourful drawings, she unfailingly chooses a style that requires way too much time.