Drawing from myth and folklore, Michele Mikesell tackles restlessness and wanderlust through the fantastical representation of famed explorers. With the understanding that humans by nature are drawn to the unknown, Mikesell incorporates animal features and unexpected graphic elements on canvas to acquaint us with the unfamiliar. The desire to travel, and explore is greater than ever with the world on pause, and with this Mikesell leads the viewer through her own world, aiding the viewer in deciphering their personal preconceived notions of human nature and longing.
Michele Mikesell studied painting and graphic design at Texas Women's University in Denton, TX for her BFA and received her MFA at the University of Oklahoma in Norman in 2004. Her work has been continually exhibited throughout the United States in both solo and group shows.
Mikesell's work can be found internationally in many private and corporate collections and has had a presence in a multitude of national and international art fairs including, Miami Art Basel, The Dallas Art Fair, Red Dot London, Art Santa Fe, and the Affordable Art Fair.