Michelle de Bruin
We love the highly intricate and detailed stone carving of Michelle de Bruin. She is heavily influenced by the elaborate stone carvings of the Etruscans and the Assyrians, and other historic stone sculptures. In her work, she places great emphasis on the ‘craft’ of seeing, which is then translated into the craft of making.
Michelle is a sculptor and stone carver based at Marchmont House on the Scottish Borders. Her practice is concerned with the process of re-inventing the natural world through a prism of human culture and language. In the past, her work has focused on museum cultures of collecting and representing a narrative in natural history.
Michelle graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1990. Her work has won numerous awards and bursaries, enabling her to travel widely to develop her art. Michelle has exhibited at galleries such as the Royal Academy of Scotland, and museums across Britain. Her work can be found in both private and public collections.
Her work is constantly evolving and highly variable. Whether creating sculpture for public places and buildings – or for homes and gardens across Britain – she forges close relationships with her clients when developing commissioned works. She is also continually exploring new processes and ideas, which are reflected in her smaller works for exhibition.