Five years ago, Michela paused by her local river. Since then, her image making has changed dramatically. 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.
Many of her images reveal the ephemeral beauty of water, and its ever changing interaction with light, land and season. This ‘Liquid Light’ also inspires her to experiment with movement in and through the landscape in parallel with her evolving dialogue with water These personal interpretations have, for Michela, a richness missing from documentary views and allow her to combine an early love of drawing and painting with her long-standing passion for photographing the landscape.
Michela’s portfolio of images 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); Liquid Light, The Peak Gallery, Bakewell (2016); and Within Elements, a joint exhibition at Foxlowe Arts Centre, Leek (2016). Her work has also been exhibited in Lichfield Cathedral as part of the Lichfield Festival Visual Arts Exhibition (2014) and at the Chatsworth Festival Art Out Loud (2016). She is a member of professional artists’ group Peak District Artisans,