Personal PAC is honored to present Michele Pred with the Pro-Choice Leadership Award on June 9th at "The Art and Politics of Choice" closing reception for Your body is a battleground. The evening will also feature a live auction of three of Michele's works.
Michele Pred believes that recent violence aimed at women's health care providers and actions by politicians leave no doubt that a woman’s right to choose is still under assault and that negative attitudes toward basic health care, like birth control, stubbornly persist. She feels a renewed urgency to defend Pro-Choice and Access to women’s services. She made her first art piece about reproductive rights in 1989, never believing that 25 years later women would have less access to abortion and other critical health services.
Pred has created several limited edition series of Pred-à-Porter purses. Each unique piece is made using a vintage handbag from the 1950’s or 60’s. She chose purses as my canvas as a way to marry the politically-charged messages of the Pro-Choice movement with representations of women's modern economic power and the possibilities for change that come with it. For her, the use of purses from the mid-twentieth century also calls back to that critical era and reminds us how much has changed and, more importantly, how much has not. The text on each purse is created using Electroluminescent wire that is lit up using batteries and a small electronic driver that can be set to constant or flash mode. The purses are meant to be carried and serve as small-scale political billboards.
Pred is a Swedish-American conceptual artist. She works with found and confiscated objects and technology imbued with cultural and political meaning. Her artwork has been exhibited in galleries, art fairs and museums in London, Stockholm, Sydney, New York, Bologna, Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco. Her work is part of the permanent collection at the 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York, the 21st Century Museum, The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) New York, The Contemporary Museum in Honolulu, the Di Rosa Collection in Napa, CA and is held in numerous corporate and private collections. Pred received her BFA from California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA where she is an adjunct Professor.
Her work has been reviewed and featured by The New York Times, The New York Observer, The International Herald Tribune, ARTnews, Art in America, WIRED, American Craft Magazine, Huffington Post, Rachel Maddow, ReadyMade Magazine, TimeOut New York, Travel and Leisure Magazine, Associated Press Television, CBS Evening news with Katie Couric, PBS, CNN, MSNBC, FOX, NBC, ABC, The San Francisco Chronicle, Corriere della Sera (Italy), TV4 and Dagens Nyheter (Sweden).