Michaela works with a number of developing series’. Her work explores notions of fragility, tangible traces of the past and of fleeting moments captured as memory.
Her principle practise has been to explore the image of the doll. She is interested in the doppelganger, the similarities of the doll with the human form and the blurred boundaries between life and death. Her images capitalise on ambiguity and can reflect a dark humour that plays on the viewer’s emotions, associations and experiences.
These self-portraits form part of a recent series created during lockdown. Restrictions over the past year have demanded that she think creatively to adapt her working practice, modifying her approach and creative processes within new parameters. Working with limited home studio facilities she has been developing drawings into print exploring oil monotype and polyester lithography as a means of exploiting the drawings and building layers that amplify meaning.
With our work turned upside down there has been much time for self reflection.