Michael McLaughlin studied a classical approach to drawing and composition at the Lyme Academy about a half a mile down on Lyme Street from The Cooley Gallery. From there Michael furthered his studies through an apprenticeship in the studio of sculptor, Juan Andreu. Juan later inspired Michael to travel to Thailand, Korea and Japan to further continue his course of study. The gift in Michael's art is in its approachability even while it asks the tough questions.
Michael's sculptures are often allegorical narratives about the harmony and interdependence found in nature. It often suggests re-birth, longevity and the fragile balance found in nature. He often casts found objects collected while hiking such as mushrooms, pinecones, leaves and even whole branches. He examines the simplicity and complexity which co-exists by way of the creative spirit using a traditional medium in a refreshingly innovative manner.
- Pamela Siemon