Mychaelyn Michalec: All that we went through was for nothing
Mychaelyn Michalec is a fiber artist and painter working in Dayton, OH. Her work depicts the mundane matters of domestic life; translating documented scenes into textiles using both mechanical and hand tools. The work is an observation of what we choose to focus on and how those choices shape our lives. It is an examination of the gendered issues of caretaking addressing both invisible labor and emotional labor. What does it mean to be both artist and mother? Women are disadvantaged by the lack of comprehensive narrative to their own intellectual history. We have as Virgina Woolf bemoaned, “the accumulation of unrecorded life”.
Michalec earned a BFA with distinction in Painting and Drawing and a BA in Art History from The Ohio State University and a MLIS in Library and Information Science from the University of Southern Mississippi. She has shown her work internationally, and has been awarded residencies at The Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT, the Sam and Adele Golden Foundation for the Arts Residency in New Berlin, NY, The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, in Nebraska City, NE, and most recently the Object Hotel in Bisbee, AZ (November 2021). Michalec is a 2021 recipient of an Individual Excellence Award in Craft from the Ohio Arts Council. Her work has been published in Friend of the Artist, Create! Magazine, and Art Maze. A review of her two person show, Femme Maison at Houseguest Gallery in Louisville, KY, was featured on NPR’s All Things Considered. Recent solo exhibitions include From a basement on a hill, The Contemporary, Dayton, OH curated by Michael Goodson (August-October 2021) and Future Ruin, Roy G. Biv Gallery, Columbus, OH (October 2021).