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From the series ’Photo-Bodies, this work is about the relationship between bodies and photographs, creating a synergism between the subject photographed and the physical representation of it. The materiality of the photographic paper, such as the ’grammage’ or paper density, the cotton base and pliability are all ’fine art’ photographic paper characteristics that lend themselves to extending the concept of ’body’ from the subject to the presentation.
The photographic print - in the form of these handmade and one of a kind photo objects -is given its due dimension and presence, in the vocabulary of its own medium (100% cotton, pulpy, absorbent, flexible, scratchable, tearable, pierceable, stitchable).
This series is an inquiry into the vocabulary of embodiment.
Mikelle grew up in a mountain village in Southern California, USA, got her B.F.A., with an emphasis in photography, from San Francisco State University. During her studies, she integrated 3 years in France to study French, darkroom printing, and art history. She was then awarded a scholarship to the Univ. of Chicago, where she obtained her M.F.A in Photography (1996). Upon graduating, while teaching photography in Chicago at Columbia College, she met her to be Italian husband and moved to Milan in 2000. She is now represented by the Milan gallery Gli Eroici Furori – Arte Contemporanea.