Michelle Montjoy’s immersive installation, Borrow Pit, mimics trees that morph into garments as they spread to overtake the space. Her structures become an absurd and surreal look at society’s relationship to the environment, showing the effects of consumption on the natural world. Montjoy empowers this conversation through the use of recycled t-shirts that she rips up and ties together to make immense balls of yarn. These textiles are crocheted, transforming the pieces into interactive structures. The dichotomy of the natural world being depicted through the use of recycled material brings awareness to the viewer’s own consumptive impact as well as humanity's collective existence on the environment. Inviting the public to engage with her structures, Montjoy creates an accessible and safe space in which participation and conversation unite the community.
Montjoy is a graduate of Illinois State University with a degree in Visual Arts & Visual Communications. Her work has been featured in exhibitions at PaseoTaos, Oceanside Museum of Art, Helmuth Projects, and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. She has been involved with numerous Community Projects with organizations such as the Oceanside Museum of Art and Art Produce Gallery.