Michele Guieu is an environmental artist and a STEAM/maker art educator passionate about the San Francisco Bay, environmental issues linked to water, climate change, human impact on the environment, and sustainability. Her participatory installations and her art & design projects for youth are oriented towards a better understanding of our surroundings and the consequences of human activity on our watershed and the ocean. She developed ‘the Water Project: From our Watershed to the Ocean’, a series of hands-on, STEAM and design thinking lessons about our waterscapes, our water consumption, how to protect our watershed, the consequences of our plastic addiction on the ocean and the marine species endangered by the plastic pollution.
Michele is a teaching artist for Montalvo Arts Center’s “Teaching Artists in the school program” in Campbell and San Jose schools and is part of the Montalvo Arts Center Education Committee.
Originally from Marseille, France, Michele lived in Senegal, Africa, and Paris, where she received a MA in graphic design from the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Paris (ENSAD). She was an artistic director, a creative director at Landor and an independent graphic designer for many years in Paris, France. She moved to the US in 2000.
After having her two boys in 2001 and 2002, she started a new body of work, mostly paintings, and taught art in here kids’ school. She was living in San Diego at the time. Inspired by the desert and the Pacific Ocean, she started to create large installations and to incorporate photos, murals, drawings and videos.
Since she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2010, she is working on temporary/participatory installations that address environmental issues linked to freshwater and seawater in the region.
Her solo exhibition “Sip. Do Not Gulp.” at the de Saisset Museum examined the interconnectedness between water and food in the Santa Clara Valley in the context of the severe drought California is going through. She was a board member of WEAD Women Eco-Artists Dialog, between 2013 and 2016. Her video “Granted” won best environmental short at the Bay Area Women in Film and Media (BAWIFM) Short Film Festival in San Francisco in 2013.
Her work has been shown in exhibitions at venues such as ZER01 Biennial, the SubZERO festival, the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, Currents 2012: the Santa Fe International New Media Festival, the San Diego Museum of Art, The California Center for the Arts, Oceanside Museum of Art, Rosalux Gallery, Mac Paris (France).
She had solo exhibitions at the de Saisset Museum of Art and History in Santa Clara, Art Produce Gallery, The San Diego Art Institute, Tech Shop San Jose.