I’m a visual artist and provisional psychologist based on the Mid-North Coast of New South Wales, Australia. I have tertiary qualifications in psychology and visual art with extensive applied experience in both fields. I’m currently undertaking a practical internship to become a fully registered psychologist while maintaining a daily studio art practice.

 

Psychology experience

I completed a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) from 1997 to 2000 directly after completing high school. Since then, I’ve gained almost 20 years professional work experience in roles related to psychology in the fields of research, employment services, child protection and disability support.

From 2006 to 2019 I worked as a psychology researcher supporting better outcomes for people with acquired brain injury and spinal cord injury, and their families. In 2018, I decided to upgrade my psychology qualifications. From 2019 to 2021, I’m undertaking a practical internship (known as the 4 + 2 program) to become a fully registered psychologist. My long-term aim in completing this training is to apply these skills in the context of art and other creative therapies. 

In my current role, I provide individual and group based therapeutic interventions to clients located across the Mid-North Coast receiving welfare payments through Centrelink. Through this experience, I’ve developed a passion for supporting the health, wellbeing and creative expression of our community. Find out more about my psychology work here.

 

Art practice

I began making art in 2001 at ceramics class at a community college. From 2006 to 2009 I completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney. I majored in the Jewellery and Object studio. Since 2007, I’ve presented five solo shows, curated 10 projects, and had work included in 35 group exhibitions. My multi-media artwork has included drawing, sculpture, installation, photography, videos, jewellery and objects.

My current art practice primarily involves experimental drawing. I must admit that given the work involved in the psychology internship it can be as little as 10 minutes, but it still counts right? I also like to mix things up by taking part in daily making challenges using any medium or material in response to a prompt. View my recent artwork here. View my full art CV here.

 

Need to contact me? I’m open to collaborating!

 

Send an email to michellegenders@outlook.com.

 

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