All of my work in boxes, pastel drawings and photographic work is an exploration of memory and feeling through the juxtaposition of objects in defined spaces. I select and combine objects and place them into real or photographic space for the purpose of getting as aspects of my internal emotional nature. In addition to this very personal subject matter over the past decade I've been photographing the landscape of the North Platte River and its tributaries in Nebraska, Wyoming and Colorado.
Michael Farrell began making assembled objects and photographs in the late Sixties during his college years in the Fine Arts Department at Indiana University. After earning a Master's degree in Chicago at the Institute of Design he moved to Lincoln in 1972 to work at the Nebraska ETV Network, where he currently holds the position of Television Production Manager.
During the 70s and 80s Farrell created a large body of very personal work. The work was not shown publicly until his first one-person exhibit in 1991. Following that initial exhibition he decided to actively pursue other opportunities to show his art in Nebraska and the Midwest.
In the past decade his work has been seen in exhibitions at and is included in the collections of the Museum of Nebraska Art, the Joslyn Art Museum and the Great Plains Art Collection. His work has been shown in several smaller regional venues and is included in a number of private collections. He is a recipient of the Nebraska Arts Council's Individual Artist Fellowship.