VAM 34 Artist Profile | Aliki Mikulich

Aliki Mikulich, The World, mixed media, 122 x 183 cm

See more about Aliki on her website!

1.      Tell us about the artwork you have in VAM 34. Give us an idea of the conceptual framework you used in creating this piece. What inspired it? Why did you choose to use that particular medium? Why that particular perspective, set of colours, subject matter, etc 

My piece in VAM34 is entitled The World.  It is a 6-panel piece that depicts our planet in abstract form.  The world is comprised of layers, covered with roads, or paths, and upon it is our shallow ‘layer’ where we build our houses and live our lives.  Both night and day are represented top and bottom, with the moon and sun in view.  In the centre of the world are symbols used in alchemy, astrology, religion, and culture – representing our need to label and categorize our existence.

My work expresses man’s place in the world, his struggle, humanity’s connectivity, society’s responsibility, and individual choices.  I have a preoccupation with the world and our role in it.  My work expresses man’s place in the world, our struggle, humanity’s connectivity, society’s responsibility, and individual choices.  The themes of my pieces bring forth ideologies and realizations and often tell stories or provoke conversation.

2.       How would you describe your creative process? What medium do you use most often and why?

The piece is done in layers of coloured plaster and paint, and metal on plywood.  I have a great propensity to create my work with found objects and materials, and this piece is created with what was on hand. Most often I use plaster as I like its ability to layer and show colours that are beneath.  I also like the permanence of metal and the solidity of plywood.  There is a constructional element to my pieces.

3.        How would you describe the Mississauga art community?  What excites you most about it? Why should art lovers from Toronto come visit? What can you do to ignite the Mississauga art community? How do you think the AGM can ignite the community?

I am a graduate of U of T Mississauga (class of 85) and have maintained a connection with Mississauga since graduating through frequent visits.  I re-connected with Mississauga’s art world only in the last several years by entering the juried show and enjoying the offerings each year.  I feel that the new VAM is a wonderful addition to a community that is diverse and rich.

4.        Art should be accessible. Agree or disagree? What does “accessible” mean to you? How can galleries make art accessible even to people who’ve never been to an art gallery? If you disagree, why?

Art should be accessible to all in the community, whether old or young, native or immigrant.  The arts can build relationships through common experiences and investigative conversation.  People who have never been to an art gallery may be drawn there by an exhibit that speaks to them because of its subject matter (i.e. An exhibit dealing specifically with immigrant’s depictions of their experiences in Canada).

Art can engage young minds and children’s interests often spark the interest of their parents and elders.  Engaging children in exhibitions often brings visitors who may otherwise not attend a gallery.

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