Michelle Lisa Polissaint is a Haitian-American visual artist & arts organizer based in Miami, Florida. She is a resident artist at Bakehouse Art Complex and is represented by Spinello Projects.
As an artist she explores the nature of human interaction through textiles and photographs. Her organizing practice is focused on the intersections between art, community and activism. She produces community-based activations and encourages artists and community members to form collaborative relationships.
She is currently working on two series concurrently. If Home Was Home is a body of work documenting trips and interactions with her parents and family in Vieux-Bourg-d'Aquin, Haiti. If Home Was Home was born in the wake of previous series of self-portraits, dancing with myself, which explored her relationship with herself away from the guidance of her parents. The Ballad of Me & You is an ongoing visual conversation through mixed media textile works using her own images and stories as a base. These pieces are a meditation on her failures and successes in romantic relationships, searching for light and joy in the reality of broken relationships and successful partnerships.
“At its simplest and most honest, my work responds to my experiences. Utilizing photography, textiles, and community engagement, my practice reflects the world through my black, queer, Haitian lens — moments between sheets, a neighbor walking past, a lovingly prepared meal shared with friends and strangers. Through reflections on personal experiences, be it loneliness, injustice, heartbreak, or the ephemeral, intangible feeling of a light breeze or a break in the ocean, it is my hope that my work connects to the broader and unifying experience of being human.”