Natasha MichaelsShop prints
The origins of Natasha Michaels’ monoprints lie in historical portraits from the renaissance to the 19th century. Exploring challenging and at times up-ending traditional conventions and genres, Michaels’ work is an investigation of her own ambivalence towards the originals. The subjects often appear uncomfortable or perplexed as Michaels plays with ideas of power, gender and artifice directing the viewer to consider their status. Natasha uses her own print technique, developed in an etching studio to create the work. Each silhouette is cut from aluminium plate, then inked and put through an etching press. The print process is what gives it its unusual texture.