Michelle Molinari is a painter and installational artist. Her work thematically addresses both the concepts of death and animal beauty through the physical nature of the taxidermic medium and depicted subject matter of her painted works. Molinari’s work seeks to investigate the cultures of longing that impel the urge to preserve something from nature’s inevitable course.

Drawing upon the histories of taxidermic representation and the European still life tradition, Molinari often creates her own taxidermy which generates the inspiration for her still life arrangements. Working from observation her paintings highlight the artist’s own gestural motivations for preserving and memorializing the death of these specimens.

‘The process and understanding of taxidermy itself is vital to the developmental process of my work, not only does the act of creating the taxidermy enable me to acquire an internal and empathetic understanding of the animal, it is also just as revealing of the human sentiment to hold something away from death as well as reveal it.’


A graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, Molinari was awarded First class Honours from both BFA and Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) degrees. She was the recipient of the Fiona Myer Award and the Majlis Encouragement Award in 2012. In 2013 she exhibited in Flinders Lane Gallery’s annual emerging artist exhibition Exploration 13, and was announced joint winner of the FLG Emerging Artists Encouragement Award. Molinari held her first solo exhibition with Flinders Lane Gallery in 2014. Currently living and working in Melbourne,  she is represented by Flinders Lane Gallery and has exhibited her work at Brunswick Street Gallery, Port Jackson Press Australia, NGV Australia, Coffs Harbor Regional gallery and has works in private and public collections throughout Australia and overseas. In 2014 Molinari was announced the recipient of the Graeme Hildebrand Travel Grant.