Work At Hand chronicles the life and work of the artist, Michael K. Paxton.
From his humble beginnings in the hills of West Virginia
to his time as an art student at Marshall University
in the gritty, industrial town of Huntington,
to graduate school at the University of Georgia, Athens.
During the heady heyday of the emerging scene of punk music, theater and performance art,
and the era of bands like R.E.M., The B-52’s, and Pylon, Michael dove into the mosh
pit of experimentation and free expression while working jobs at factories,
on the railroad, and as a newspaper printer. Later, his battle to overcome
tage 4 cancer would become an integral part of his story and a testimony
to a sense of urgency and empathy in his paintings.
Michael's working-class, Appalachian roots continue to inform his art today.
A documentary by Peter and Libi Hake
aunt Leila Given