Michaela Ranniello

Wethersfield, CT

Michaela Ranniello is an interdisciplinary artist from Wethersfield, Connecticut. They often work in the format of installation, performance, and participation. Michaela’s work has been shown in multiple galleries across Connecticut, including Colt Gateway in Hartford and the Joseloff and Silpe galleries at the Hartford Art School. Michaela will graduate from the University of Hartford in 2020 and receive a BFA in Sculpture

In my practice, I examine vulnerability, openness, and confrontation of social norms using sculpture, performance, and participation. I’m interested in transposing thoughts and experiences that are socially deemed private, and sharing them in art spaces. My work invites viewers to engage with material that is personal to me, or to share something personal of their own.


The Dinner Wheel
Mixed Media
Diam. 21” 3/4
This project employs chance and randomness, in the form of a spinning prize wheel, to generate vulnerable dialogue about family, between strangers seated around a table. Cards from each category- ranging from “sex” to “weather”- all follow the prompt: “What is something you wouldn’t want your parents to know…”
I Got in the Pool and This Was Fine and Now Everyone’s Fucking Looking at Me
Mixed Media
7.9 in. H x 45 in. Diam.
Using a plastic kiddie pool and a pile of soaking wet cotton tee shirts, this work pays homage to the ways we work to hide our bodies and navigate uncomfortability throughout adolescence.
Metal, ink, MP3 player
Audio instructions simulate obsessive counting and touching of the walls surrounding viewers. Participants pull around a metal structure, resembling a medical IV stand, to mark the walls. Ritual works to visualize compulsive behavior and obsessive rituals, allowing participants to experience an irrational thought process they may never have considered.
What I Wish Skin Care Products Would Give Me the Ability To Do
Slip casts
3 x 6.5 x 2 in.
Six slip cast objects reminiscent of a cosmetic product, make up this autobiographical sculpture. The casts are prescribed and advertising their ability to solve problems of heavier weight than normally tasked. Through the use of this metaphor as well as comic relief the piece explores unhealthy interpersonal and intrapersonal relationships.
To Warm Your Bed
Mixed Media
7.5 x 13.25 x 2.5 in.
Hot water bottles are labelled with phrases from a 1980 Adrienne Rich essay referencing behaviors women display as a result of being indoctrinated into heteronormativity. These bottles are both a source of comfort and are considered to be an outdated way to ease pain or produce warmth. This object is used to refer to the safety that many find in perpetuating compulsory heterosexuality.
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