Michael St. Germain lives and works in Newton, MA. His work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions in New York and Massachusetts. He employs abstraction to create the illusion of reality. His engagement with materials is mediated by Pareidolia: “a psychological phenomenon involving a vague and random stimulus (often an image or sound) being perceived as significant.” His works embody arbitrary rules, accumulation of material and musculoskeletal bias. He values relative experience and unintended aesthetic consequences. He sees artistic potential in literary, sensory and aesthetic misinterpretation. His role, as an artist, is to create and promote an opt-in supplemental reality. This real and imagined “aesthetic hybrid “is affected (and actualized) by each viewers’ emotional climate, susceptibility to illusion and ability to exist in the present moment.