I am a writer and critic who loves combing through visual culture. Much of my writing scrutinizes how cultural producers and artists intersect with race, power and culture. I am trained as a visual critic and my reviews, interviews, profiles and features have been featured in KQED Arts, Hyphen, Art In America, After Image, Art Practical and numerous exhibition catalog essays.


I am currently working on a collection of essays called The Visits set against the backdrop of visiting my brother in six different Washington State prisons over the course of seven and a half years, beginning with his arrest at age nineteen. Part memoir, part critical analysis of landscape, place, visual culture, and how the site of the personal can be used as a strategy to deconstruct broader paradigms of power.

For a full writing resume or queries please email info [at] michelecarlson.com