Art Basel Miami is a time to experience the work of some of the most respected and cutting edge artists within the states and beyond. Everyone heads to Basel with many different intentions in mind. However, the one thread that connects each and every attendee is their appreciation for art and its creators. While engaging with some of this amazing work, I became more and more curious about those behind the scenes responsible for discovering and providing platforms for these well-deserved artists. This is where Ms. Michelle Joan Papillion enters. She is the owner of Papillion, a contemporary art gallery located in Los Angeles' Leimert Park. I had the honor of chatting with her about her journey as a gallerist as well as what attracts her to emerging artists and designers alike.
There is an obvious fearlessness about you; I mean you did open your first gallery at a pretty young age. What gave you the confidence to begin this journey?