Michelle Reader has been working with recycled materials since 1997, creating unique figurative sculptures from household waste and found objects. Her sculptures are often representations of people, wildlife, vehicles or landmarks.
I love the unpredictability of found materials and enjoy the inventiveness necessary to transform them into a sculpture. I like to make work that is interactive and inviting, tactile and colourful. The joy of working with found materials is the unexpected uses that can be found for them. For instance, an umbrella and a bucket combining to form the trumpet of a daffodil. Deconstructed remote controls turning into the spots of a jaguar, or a gas mask becoming the face of a bumblebee.
She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Her projects include educational workshops for galleries, schools, community groups, businesses and arts organisations, and she has worked with companies including the BBC, Garsington Opera, the Port of London Authority, the AGAIN upcycling exhibition in Kuwait City, the Basingstoke Festival,
The upcoming Art Trail project will feature two commissioned horse sculptures by Michelle Reader, which will be sited in the Courtyard.