Michelle Eskola explores illumination, colour and the articulation of space in an advanced technological age. The artist creates subtle, atmospheric paintings and site-sensitive arrangements that trigger a sensory and emotional engagement.
Eskola’s paintings and arrangements emerge from her background in time-based media and ongoing inquiry into the materiality and fundamentality of painting itself. Working with raw pigment and a polymer binder, she experiments with vibrancy, surface, transparency and technique. Often disguising physical traces of the hand, her works recall the aesthetic of the colour field painters of the Washington Colour School, whilst engaging in a dialogue between the painting and the screen.
Eskola embraces a cyclical process: layering, editing and reducing, encompassing the freedom associated with web-based creation of combining and recombining colour and form. This allows for chance occurrences, unexpected correlations and new emergent formations. The process results in works that often defy the perceived nature of the materials engaged and directly call into play our subjective perceptual responses.
Michelle Eskola was born in Mount Beauty Victoria in 1987, she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) from Queensland University of Technology (2008) and an advanced Diploma of Visual Art from Southbank Institute of Technology (2014). Eskola co-manages The Cosmic Centre, an ongoing collaborative project exploring cosmic and mystic ideologies and collective modes of authorship. Her strong national exhibition profile includes most recently: Actual/Potential Matter, SEVENTH Gallery, Victoria (2016); Every Now and Then / Again, Blindside Gallery, Victoria (2016); Less, The Laundry Arts Space, Brisbane (2016); Conscious Uncouplings, Firstdraft, Sydney (2016); Luminous Plastic, SGAR (2015), and D&M, Metro Arts, Brisbane (2015).
Eskola has received numerous prizes and awards including: The Noosa Regional Gallery Art Prize, finalist (2016); The Clayton Utz Art Award, finalist (2015); Jugglers Art Space Group Exhibition Award (2014); Woolloongabba Art Gallery Solo Exhibition Award (2014); and the Brian Tucker Graduate Award (2014). Eskola’s works also feature in various private and public art collections including the Mater Health Services Private Hospital Collection, Southbank Institute of Technology Printmaking Collection, and Gadens Lawyers art collection.