The white lines frame and emphasize the surface of the painting but, instead of flattening it, they give a sense of deep space.
The white lines are tape. There are also pieces of xeroxed images stuck to the surface. A characteristic of Michele’s work is a subtly worked surface combined with ephemeral materials that represent possibilities or ideas and seem to suggest that the painting—though not unfinished—is still being worked on.
One of the disturbing elements of painting as an art form is the question of how long it is meant to last. Disturbing, because it brings up the issue of mortality for the painter—and the collector! Working with materials in an overly precious way can have the effect of quashing spontaneity for the painter and possibly be distancing for the viewer. Therefore many artists, as shown in the following quote, have adopted a casual approach:
Willem de Kooning has used salad oil and water in his paint, Jackson Pollock used ordinary house paint, and Frank Stella used metallic enamel. Other contemporary painters are using materials ranging from Day-Glo to last night's dinner, generating a need for fresh thinking and creative conservation procedures if their work is to survive at all
--Mary K. Levenstein, Caring for Your Cherished Possessions
Another example of Michele’s work is The Dive: