Michaela Bridgemohan is a multidisciplinary visual artist based in Calgary Alberta. She has completed her BFA in Drawing with Distinction from the Alberta College of Art + Design. Spoken through secrecy and perseverance, her practice incorporates her “coming of age” story in Canada by investigating cultural identity through race, femininity and sexuality. She recently gave an artist lecture on her graduation paper The Mistress of Multiple Colour Theories in the Divisions of Discourse Symposium. Her artwork has also been showcased at the Marion Nicoll Gallery Duppy at Art Commons, Hear/d Residency Waves Through Fog, The Closet Gallery Unsentimental Postures and internationally in Brisbane Australia at The Jugglers ArtSpace Paint it Red and Queensland Conservatorium The Lounge Series.
Michaela has an on-going search of bringing forth the realities of social truth within a public space.
Transitioning away from the voyeur to a confrontational nature, Michaela’s artistic practice negotiates identity as a site to evoke presence instead of absence. Mediums such as evocative objects, embroidery, photography and charcoal drawings acts as a spectral trace. To connect imagery from a personal lens of trauma, social and animal/nature. Racial erasure is the trauma, the social is the dynamics of power within the feminine ideological experience while the animal and nature is to depict the disruption of identity and order. These spaces are uninhabited within the dualities of race and sexuality. To become pronounced, Michaela searches to reform those grey areas into a place of ownership than repressed. By emphasizing her difference as a biracial (Black Jamaican and Anglo-Irish Australian) female Canadian, Michaela hopes to emphasize her difference and repression so that the cultural and feminine projections become inescapable.
Identifying as an Intersectional Feminist, Michaela finds province with transculturalism, gender equality and sexuality awareness. By interacting with the fluidity of these subjects, the unexplored territory of the “other” creates a compelling and inclusive space for others.