M i c h e l l e D e n i s e ( Woo Wei ) R i c h a r d s
Born, 1958 Cooma NSW. Artist trained (Diploma Fine Art, Alexander Mackie CAE, Sydney, 1979. Bachelor Fine Art SA CAE, Adelaide 1980). Writer (1981-05: Freelance Various inc. Script; Radio, TV Drama & Doco & Script/Text Editor & Punchline Writer for Dr Karl Kruszelnicki Great Moments in Science. Weekly Feature Writer Sydney City Express). Yearning for connectedness and dreaming of snakes, I shed a skin, took a backpack, stepped through an art-frame-of-reference, walked to Balmain Road and hitched a ride into Australian Landscape.
With some environmental successes (1986-2005: Environmental Visual & Performance Artist Activist, Old Growth Forest Blockader. Plan, create, construct, install, perform: road blockades, political banners, set, t-shirt and pamphlet design, fire dance, capture bulldozers, etc. Independent and aligned with the North East Forest Alliance NEFA. (250,000 ha Old Growth Forest conserved), and as NEFA Healthy Forest Campaign Coordinator and Conservation Representative to a multi-agency forest health group (2001-05: BMAD WG).
I'm returning, through an iron age (homestead, woodstove), to urban milieux as an Exhibiting Artist (2005: Solo Show: Being in the Rock Goanna Bakery, Lismore. Group Shows: Tied Together Caddies, Lismore, The Toy Party Winsome Hotel, Lismore. Reclaim the Night, Goanna Bakery, Lismore. Cut and Run - Suitcase Exhibition, Guerrilla Art Operations - ejected from Byron Bay Writers Festival. Midgets Live On Stage Roxy Gallery, Kyogle and Caddies, Lismore. 2004: Wildlife, an Installation, Lismore Regional Gallery, Regional Treasures Award.) and Art Tutor (2004-05: Drawing & Painting. Community Adult Ed and private tuition).