Work of Art's Michelle on What Went Wrong, the Kymia Controversy and Why Poop Is a Good Thing

Jerry Saltz picked Work of Art contestant Michelle Matson to win the whole thing — her first two pieces "The Eternal Woodsman" and "Dirty Playground" made her a frontrunner early on. But when she was faced with having to create something out of the pieces of a Fiat 500, Matson's anthropomorphic vision of a happy/sad car got her nothing but the boot. While traveling abroad, the 29-year-old Brooklyn artist who specializes in unusual paper-based creations, told via e-mail about what went wrong, the Kymia controversy and her obsession with poop.


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