St. Louis, MO
Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Michelle Lee Rigell is a St. Louis-based contemporary realism artist who works in acrylics. Since 2015, Rigell has shown her work in several locations in the Greater St. Louis area including Angad Arts Hotel, Art Saint Louis and fundraising art events such as Wall Ball for Artscope and Art of PAWS for
St. Louis Effort for AIDS. Rigell also volunteers as an instructor and is the assistant director of Arts As Healing Foundation, a nonprofit organization that brings the therapeutic benefits of art to cancer patients and those with chronic illnesses.
I tend to gravitate toward subjects that evoke nostalgia and whimsy. I am currently working on a project called the
"1000 Crane Project" because of my childhood love for origami. When I wasn't drawing or painting, I was
constantly folding origami.
Cranes are also a symbol of good fortune, happiness and longevity in Korean culture. They have been an apt subject
matter in my life because rediscovering my passion for painting began as a way to cope with my miscarriages and
difficulties with infertility. I am a firm believer that art can provide healing, and I want to be able to help others heal
by providing a sense of sentimentality and humor through my art process and experiences.