M i c h a e l C a s s i d y
S m a l l T h i n g s
We are constantly “connected” to the world via our phones, computers, pads, and pods. These devices are incredibly useful, but many of us allow them to dominate our lives. I believe we are at risk of losing track of some fundamental elements of being human. As accessibility and efficiency increase, awareness of our self and our surroundings decrease. We are losing the desire and ability to have direct, personal relationships in the present with other people and nature. We are suffering due to our noisy, overly connected, fast-paced, and multi-tasked culture.
These paintings are a reflection of the often neglected, but elemental human need to turn off and unplug. The highly detailed images are intended as portraits of silent, peripheral, and nearly invisible things. They are about recognizing beauty and fostering curiosity by slowing down, breathing deeply, looking closely, and heightening awareness of the small and overlooked.
B i o g r a p h i c a l S k e t c h
Michael Cassidy was born and raised in Michigan. A rural upbringing created a deep-seated connection with nature but an interest in art led him to Kendall College of Art and Design in, Grand Rapids, Michigan. He found his place in the Studio Art Department and graduated with a BFA in Painting and Printmaking in 2000. In 2001 Cassidy left Michigan to study painting at the University of South Carolina, in Columbia, SC. Homesick, Cassidy was drawn to the rural areas of the South. Though the flora and fauna was vastly different from that of Michigan, he found the rural culture to be familiar. Cassidy received his MFA in 2004. Currently, he is the Exhibition and Collections Manager at the I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium at South Carolina State University. Residing in West Columbia, SC., Cassidy continues to draw inspiration from the landscape and cultures of the rural South.