Michelle Gauthier is a 24 year old artist and graduate from the Ontario Collage of Art and Design (OCADU) with a bachelor of fine arts in Criticism & Curatorial Practices. She has also completed a graduate certificate in Culture & Heritage Site Management from Centennial College. It is her goal to work as a curator or collections manager, but she swears to never give up her artistic practice. Gauthier started out as a painter at 13 years old, but has since moved on to work mainly in embroidery. It is because of this change in mediums that she feels very passionately about challenging the notion that works of the ‘fine art’ are more valuable than those of ‘craft’. Gauthier is also a firm believer in embracing sexuality, gender, and the body as a whole. She feels very strongly about fighting against trans-phobia and racism, and about protecting reproductive rights. She creates feminist and reproductive-themed works in order to promote self-
love, to embrace individuality, and to show that there is no cause for shame when it comes to what is natural. She uses cross stitch and embroidery (which have been thought of in the past as conservative feminine crafts) to depict expressive and opinionated themes. Gauthier aQempts to create a strong juxtaposition between form and content, and enables the viewer to question society’s opinions and norms about these subjects. Just like every person and body, none of her works are exactly alike.