Michelina Williamson was born in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. She holds a BFA from the Ontario College of Art and Design University in Toronto, Canada. Current video practice reflects, both conceptually and visually, Williamson’s interest in the scientific study of human perception. Through the exploration of the senses and societal influence, she wishes to examine perceptions that are taught or inherent, personal or universal and use that knowledge to highlight the role perception plays in our experiences and behaviour.
Her method of video making reflects a non-illusionistic approach by exposing media as a construct through a variety of techniques. She structures her videos to demand active viewer participation, which is essential to the exploration of human perception in her work. Most works are solo efforts whereby Williamson directs, shoots, edits and often appears in the productions.
Williamson has exhibited work at the Planet in Focus International Environmental Film and Video Festival in Toronto and the Montreal World Film Festival. Williamson has a long history of volunteer work at various art organizations and participates in curatorial projects to foster and promote independent video and film.