"You as an animal!"
Taeuber Troupe connects people of all ages with the magic of art and animals.
Artist Michelle Lassaline, dressed in her handmade papier-mache animal masks and costumes, paints watercolor portraits of people as their favorite animal. Michelle has been performing since 2014 at events including the Seattle Arts in Parks program, the 2018 Seattle Mayors Arts Awards, the 2019 Northwest Public Art Consortium Conference, the 2020 Artist Trust Auction, the Tacoma Art Museum, Pike Place Evening Market, Fremont Sunday Market, the Vashon Farmers Market, and many more.
She's painted people as all kinds of animals: From elephants and crocodiles to honey bees and kangaroos. Wombat, whale, or wildebeest, what kind of animal are you?
DUE TO COVID-19
Due to the interactive nature of Taeuber Troupe's performances, all events have been cancelled or postponed until we can safely gather together again in groups.
Thank you to everyone who has participated in this project in the past.
I look forward to the day when we can all choose to be part of the pod, pack, school, flock, herd, parade, pride, troop, shiver, gang, drove, and team again.
As I reflect on the past seven years of painting people as animals, I wonder what it's like for the viewers of this performance. If you'd like to share a memory/experience/significance of the animal you chose, please send a message to or order portraits by mail!
A friendly and educational reminder about copyright:
You must pay a licensing fee to make copies of original artwork.
Please contact me if you have questions about copyright, fees, or if you want to use your portrait for another purpose like an invitation or announcement.