Michèle Landsaat

Michèle’s work explores the symbolic world hidden beneath the surface. As both a fine artist and children’s book illustrator-writer, she is a visual storyteller. She whimsically explores difficult themes, and her work reveals an underlying and universal vulnerability.


What’s your favorite studio tool? It’s a toss up between my etching needle and my teeny tiny knife cutter.

What’s your favorite part of the creative process? Carving and proofing a newly etched copper plate. Drawing an etching needle through the waxy ground, placing the plate in the acid bath, and pulling that first print.

Is there anything about the creative process that always feels difficult? The most difficult part of the creative process for me is knowing when a piece is finished. I often agonize over the last details of a print and I sometimes place it in my incubation drawer to get some distance and find clarity. One of my favorite pieces sat in that drawer for a year before I knew how to finish it!

What’s one of your favorite things about being an artist in Seattle? I spend a lot of time working in the print studio at Pratt Fine Arts Center. I feel very fortunate to be a part of a very supportive community of fellow artists.

What’s something important about your work that a lot of people don’t know about? My work often revolves around uncovering what is hidden, especially as it relates to the things we keep secret from ourselves.

When does inspiration most often strike you? In the mornings, I love to start making marks in my sketchbook without any preconceived notions of where it's going. If I just begin drawing a mark, amazingly it flows into something - and it’s usually something totally surprising. This process never ceases to amaze me.