Artist Statement Submitted 2018My name is Michelle Houston. I am artist and photographer based from Ocean Springs, Mississippi.My work is about process and exploring how nature performs subtle process that goes unnoticed in our day to day lives. Yes, a flower blooms in the summer. Yes, a bee collects pollen. But do we really stop to observe the surprising ingenuity behind the process?
My work presents 10 photographs that capture the cycle and life of the Magnolia grandiflora and how this cycle is shared by the smallest visitor who faces extinction: the bee. The bee works steady and intricate as it gathers pollen. My goal is to make photographs that draw viewers into the life of the bee and to focus on the unique world this creature thrives within. My photos are a small snapshot into that world but I hope they bring the viewer a sense of appreciation, wonder, and education.