This series of work by Michela Grech was exhibited during the collective exhibition ‘Between Ourselves’ at The Mill, curated by Elyse Tonna and part of the SPRING Artistic Programme by the Gabriel Caruana Foundation.

Michela (b. 1996) graduated with a B.A. in Fine Arts and is currently reading for an MA at the Institute for Education. Her artistic practice primarily focuses on instances related to the everyday: moments typically overseen and taken for granted in her personal life.Relying on introspection and self-awareness, Michela reflects on the development of the self. Consequently, her work revolves around her state of being in relation to surrounding relationships, spaces and objects. Michela’s work attempts to counteract the filtered and blurred reality of her generation’s glorified social media content, Grech focuses on the ordinary, real and messy.

Using painting and drawing as her primary medium, she creates works that play along the lines of abstraction and figuration. Michela draws inspiration from the use of solid shapes, lines and negative spaces. Additionally, references of her life are used to ground the works. In her more recent works, she has started to introduce thread in her paintings. This is used as a means to slow down her relatively fast painting process, allowing the artist time to understand her own creations. With a balanced use of impulse and selectivity, Michela’s work is a true representation of her unfiltered reality.