Michaela’s work is an exploration of growth, form and deterioration in the real and imagined natural world; what is interior (hidden) and exterior (visible): the weirdness of it and the wonder of it. Roots, shoots, pods, seeds, skin and husks have been constant motifs for 25 years.
Processes of layering, adding and subtracting, are employed to organically “grow” the work. In this way, a specific idea is transformed and shaped by the materials used: powder pigments, paper, thread, wax, steel wire.
Drawing is central to her practice, with shape, form, texture and mark-making taking precedence over colour, which is used sparingly.