Michelle Hartney’s work addresses a broad range of topics, from women’s health issues, to the concept of heroes, love, and the cosmos. She works in a variety of materials, including fiber, wood, found objects, community based interactive performance, and the internet. Her interest in using art to address social issues began during her graduate studies at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she was an Albert Schweitzer Fellow.
Hartney founded the Women's Health Collective in 2016, an organization dedicated to utilizing creative solutions to raise awareness about women's health issues by linking artists, designers, writers, musicians, technologists, healthcare providers, and activists to work collaboratively on socially engaged, community based projects.
Since Trump was elected president, she has been focusing on creating work to support the resistance, with a focus on peace and love, in addition to highlighting the misogyny, racism, and hatred embedded in Trump’s rhetoric.
Hartney resides in Chicago with her husband and two kids. In her free time she loves playing the guitar, piano, and banjo, gardening in her hydroponic garden, running, meditating, doing yoga, and reading poetry.