Michel Varisco (born New Orleans, Louisiana, July 13, 1967) is a contemporary American artist whose career spans more than twenty years. She works and lives in New Orleans, LA and is recognized as an environmental and social activist through her numerous fine art explorations. Michel Varisco’s work spans multiple disciplines including photography, installation, assemblage and sculpture. She exhibits and publishes internationally and her work is included in public, private and corporate collections in the U.S. and abroad.
Michel Varisco’s artwork focuses on loss and regeneration, often through photography, but also through installation art, video, and 3-dimensional forms. Much of her work explores the relationship between the natural world and engineered environments. Her photography is shot from airplanes, boats, land, and from under water, offering distinct perspectives of the environment. She is known for photo installations on silk and steel. Her Shifting Series of large-scale photos shot from the air (2010) depicted the Louisiana coastline “in its accelerated shift into the Gulf of Mexico” due to land loss and sea level rise Varisco comments, “I enter my artwork through the anxiety of how humans and nature live in delicate balance (or imbalance), and how tenuous our co-existence is here”. “The Shifting Series was first exhibited at the Acadiana Center for the Arts in Lafayette, LA, then at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans. Works from the Shifting Series also traveled to China, the Netherlands, Miami, Los Angeles, Vermont, Washington, DC, Alabama and more. Varisco’s interviews and work were included in national theatre presentations such as “Spill” (writer/director Leigh Fondakowski),NPR’s traveling theatrical event “Water ±.”