Bio

 
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MIKAELA MCLEISH

LEADING VIEWERS THROUGH EPHEMERAL WORLDS OF COLOR

My work exudes energy and embraces connection and reflection by leading viewers through ephemeral worlds of color. In the highly saturated color palette and expressionistic brushstrokes within my large-scale oil paintings I explore consciousness. I am drawn to vulnerability and self-reflection. During the process of painting and when I share my work, I feel the most exposed, the most raw, but at the same time the most comforted. I want to invite others to be guided by their own individual vulnerabilities as they view my work. There are no rules to making art—it is a safe space where you can be your most genuine self. That is the power of art.

I want to inspire people to think about and question what it means to be on this earth and to connect with others. I want people to be aware—to recognize the difference between individual versus society and absence versus presence.