An extended dialogue with the River Dove near Michela’s home has led to a dramatically different and highly individual photographic practice. By working locally and through experimentation Michela has developed a clear vision and a distinctive style: she no longer looks to record that which she sees, but to interpret it, to paint an impression that over time brings her a little closer to her own relationship with the land and with nature’s dynamic. Her images may even help you rediscover an area that you believe you know well. Current work explores natural mark-making, with water as canvas, and mixes paint with pixel.
“Michela has a rarified photographic vision; her understated themes result in images of great stillness and beauty. She turns the everyday into the universal in photographs that are positioned in a place between the representational and the abstract.”
Jo Rose, The Joe Cornish Galleries, 2018
Limited edition prints on fine art paper and cards can be ordered via Michela’s website. Framed images are available to purchase locally. You’ll also find Michela’s work represented at the Longitude Gallery, Clitheroe, and at Cromford Studio and Gallery.
Michela’s portfolio from the River Dove has led to a number of solo exhibitions: ‘Moments of Confluence’, The Joe Cornish Galleries, Northallerton (2015); ‘Liquid Light’, Buxton Museum and Art Gallery, Buxton (2015) and The Peak Photographic Gallery, Bakewell (2016); ‘Within Elements’, Foxlowe Arts Centre, Leek (2016); and ‘Of Wood and Water’, also at The Joe Cornish Galleries (2018). Her work has been exhibited widely, including as part of Lichfield Festival Visual Arts Exhibition; The Chatsworth Festival Art Out Loud; Derbyshire Open Arts; Buxton Art Trail; and at Brighton Photo Fringe (‘Over the Hill’, ‘Over Hills and Seas’).
Her work has been commended in competitions, and featured in publications including “Artsbeat”, “Derbyshire Life”, “Staffordshire Life”, and “The Derbyshire Magazine”. Michela carries out interviews for, and contributes to, “On Landscape” magazine.