Michel Droge is a painter and printmaker whose work engages with the environment and ideas of multi-species, non-binary, and entangled life systems. Inspired by the landscape, mapping and environmental research, their large scale abstract paintings unravel existing grids and structures and make way for new ones that are emerging. In an effort to de-master the landscape they model a queer matrix in conversation with nineteenth century landscape schools and naturalists.
An element of Droge’s practice is collaborative engagement with scientific researchers, conservation groups and communities including the Bigelow Laboratories, Eastport Health Care, and Maine Audubon, as well as ongoing collaboration with their partner and archaeologist Sarah Loftus.
Droge is the recipient of a Joan Mitchell Foundation award, a co-recipient of a Kindling Fund grant and three Maine Arts Commission grants. They have been awarded fellowships and residencies at Surfpoint, Ellis-Beauregard Foundation, Hewnoaks Residency, the Tides Institute, the Joseph Fiore Foundation, the Stephen Pace House and the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts.