Michael James Fox

Michael James Fox (born 1981 in Bogotá, Colombia) is a visual artist living in New York. He is drawn to color and concerned with materiality and the ways in which things are contained, separated, and protected. Inspired by painting and sculpture, and with abstraction at the heart of his practice, Fox's work transforms the functional and quotidian into something intangible, intimate and dreamlike. His photographs both document and reimagine the objects that preoccupy him. In 2017 he debuted his first book 'PLASTICS' which is now part of the V&A permanent collection.

In what ways does nature inspire or inform your work?

Nature is open for interpretation yet also doesn’t require that I understand, I find that reassuring. I’m a trauma survivor, I find abstraction a vital tool for making sense of things I don’t always have language for. When I have felt lost nature has allowed me to imagine alternatives.

What does it mean to you to be part of a thriving ecosystem?

We are in a pandemic and the planet is telling us to slow things down. It feels like an important moment to re-evaluate our actions and hold ourselves more accountable. We all need to figure out how we can show up best for ourselves and each other. Community, knowing my role, small actions, my creative practice, my relationships that’s my ecosystem right now.

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