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The work of Michelle Marcuse mirrors and symbolically chronicles her childhood experiences, dream states, both past and present, and encapsulates commentary on contemporary living. Growing up in apartheid South Africa during the late 1950s – 1970’s, her fragmented architectural forms and decayed environments express the remembrances of and issues surrounding society under duress.
Receiving a Bachelor of Design at Shenkar College, Israel , she continued to Michaelis School of Art at The University of Cape Town  and completed her BFA at Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA . She was invited to exhibit with BLAM Projects Brooklyn, NY , Arte y Amor at Taller Boricua, NYC  and Borderless Caribbean [The Haitian Cultural Arts Alliance, Miami, FL 2015]. Michelle is a recipient of a 2016 Fleisher Art Memorial Wind Challenge exhibition. Acquisitions of her work can be found in The USA Embassy of Bangkok, Thailand; the University of Notre Dame, Baltimore, MD and her work is in the Philadelphia Museum of Art collection. Most recently she became a Finalist in CFEVA’s Visual Artist Fellowship. In December 2018 she was invited to Against Gravity: TECTONICS – Imagined Spaces: an exhibition organized by DORAL Contemporary Art Museum in the framework of Art Basel, FL.
Michelle Marcuse lives and works in Philadelphia where she is Co-Director of HOUSEGallery a mixed use exhibition space in Fishtown.