Known internationally for her art, published books and teaching, Belto has a former life in theater and dance. The relationships between sculpture and performance are best described in her own words.
"My best work has always had the components of image, story and dance. Without the immediacy of live performance, I’ve had to wrestle with the limits of the visual form. How was I to incorporate narrative in my abstract work or to provide a feeling of movement in what is basically a two-dimensional static image? My questions and my ensuing study led me to paper and wax as mediums of choice. Paper is such an organic material. Its ability to be transformed from grass into pulp into canvas speaks of history and process. Wax, in its molten state, incorporates movement as an essential quality in both application and essence."
Michelle Belto teaches and exhibits internationally, and has an ongoing teaching and exhibiting relationship at 310 ART in Asheville, NC.