About & Contact

I used to tell people I was an artist.

But I found that they were always understanding a different word than I was meaning. For much of my life, I have enjoyed painting and sculpting and singing and writing and performing and building things. I thought I could tuck all of these things into the suitcase called art. I have tried many different strategies in this regard. I have migrated hither and thither, in schools and without schools. But the territories I came find my home in to seemed to have a different idea of what belonged. 

Oh well.

I invented the word Zart because there didn’t seem to be a word spelled another way that captured the expansive spirit of the biggest kind of art. I needed a word that not only included what I had already experienced as art, but also whatever else I might yet experience.I felt certain that there was a kind of art that was as big as all of the universes combined. I needed a word that was beyond infinite possibility. 

Zinfinite even.

I wanted a word that included painters and dancers and singers of course. But it must also include gardeners and parents and machine designers. I wanted a word that included butterflies and grand canyons.  I wanted a word that could swallow everything and transform it. This is how the “big creation” is in my experience. Not in compartments. Truly it’s beyond words, even if we might attempt to come closer...

Zart!

Zart is the art of everything from Z to A .

(see the book  Zart, the art of everything from z to a” )

I welcome contact though phone or email below.


But wait! You want to know more about me!?

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I enrolled in a BFA program at Indiana university of Pa in 1979 to start my formal training in the arts. With a concentration in painting and drawing, a minor in political science, a host of theatrical credits and summers playing original music 6 nights a week with my band Ticapoo Brain, I have charted an exuberant if not somewhat unpredictable course that continues to present. I graduated with honors in 1983 and began honing my techniques, experimented with many materials by embracing a very broad approach to making art and including others in the creative process. 

By the early 90’s I had firmly gravitated to an interest in architecture and found objects. This led me to a contract position first as a carpenter and then much more enthusiastically as a Restoration Carpenter.  I immediately saw the potential to further develop my connection to these relic objects from days past. They were inspiring my art by learning more about their original design, how they were made , and the stories behind their existence.  I found this in old buildings, parts of abandoned furniture, household objects, folk art on plaster walls, old spoons, and more. From this I have created a work that doesn’t rest easily in any existing category, style, or artistic persuasion.  My aesthetic is not derivative but feels honestly born from the relationships between the object or space and my somewhat idiosychratic visions.

In addition to his work in fine carpentry I have maintained an active career creating commission sculptures and functional artworks throughout the northeast.  Still focusing on using materials that are being re-used and and re-imagined (often from the dumpsters of the latest restoration project) I have worked both by myself and in collaboration with other artists. to make remarkable pieces and environments for homes, retail stores, galleries, and corporate centers through-out the northeast.  From a 27' long sculpture hanging in the AAA headquarters in Wilmington DE (done in collaboration with fellow sculptor Scot Kaylor) to plexiglass light sculptures in the offices of the Brandywine Realty Trust at the Cira Center in Philadelphia, I have carved a distinctive niche of heartful and imaginative pieces that are approachable for a wide viewing audience. 

Michael also still makes original music with his band the LLama Dalis. cleans his room every month, and makes great mexican food and salads.


Michael Biddison     woodsunarts@mac.com       610-247-8718