In Patterns Unwoven, a series of mixed media paintings, Natalie Miczikus contrasts her lived experiences with the predetermined sociocultural ideations of womanhood. Reflecting on traditional gender norms, her work aims to generate a space that transcends binaries and boundaries.
Miczikus’s works utilize collaged family photography of the mid 20th century, glitter, airbrush painting, fabric, and various materials reminiscent of domesticity and femininity. Bright, bold, unapologetic figures dominate disjunctive interiors evoking a sense of claustrophobia but also celebration and whimsy. Her inspiration blossoms from personal experiences of pressure and consolation; shedding light on the fabricated expectations of gender in society and the reality of expansive identities that surpass traditional boundaries.