Michaela Younge

  • Michaela Younge
    Michaela Younge, She wants a pony but she cannot ride, 2017, Merino wool on felt, 43 x 53 cm
  • Michaela Younge
    Michaela Younge, Affairs with Fish End Badly, 2016, Merino wool on veldt, 98 x 154cm
  • Michaela Younge, After (Thelma) Is Not There, Service is No Good, Bar Is No Fun, 2017, Merino wool on felt, 61 x 76cm
Michaela Younge
Michaela Younge

Michaela Younge was born in Cape Town in 1993. She graduated from the Michaelis School of Fine Art in 2015. Michaela received distinctions in both her theoretical and practical studies. She currently works from her Cape Town base, where she creates wool tableaux that she sometimes combines with other textural materials. Through her process of felting, Michaela works in quite a repetitive manner, matting the wool together.

Her the subjects in her work shift from experiences to dreamlike narrative that unfold on multiple planes. Although there is an aspect of narrative that comes through in Michaela’s work, this originates more from the way in which she sees things, rather than a deep-rooted nostalgia for story time as a child. Instead, story-telling becomes a way of making sense of the world we inhabit, and it comes through in how our dreams communicate ideas and feelings to us. Dreams have the ability to bypass ‘norms’ of reality, and often have elements of the absurd – for example, the idea that pasta on the floor of the house could stop lava from burning it down. Michaela is particularly interested in the involvement of anthropomorphic figures within the narratives of mythology and children’s stories. Her interest in the anthropomorphic relates to our underlying psychology, where we often enact societal norms, bypassing instinctual desire and childlike play.

Michaela creates tableaux in wool and embroidery, which come from her interest in depicting sculptural forms and vivid graphic scenes. The materiality of the woollen fibres merges the flat, colourful planes of print-making with the more sculptural, textural elements created by the process of felting.

Group exhibitions
2017 Salad, SMITH, Cape Town
2017 Folly, SMITH, Cape Town
2017 Out of Nowhere, SMITH, Cape Town
2017 Nano 2, Barnard Gallery, Cape Town
2016 Bad Habitus, presented by Jnr, Mullers Gallery, Capw Town 2016 Animals, IS Art at Tokara, Cape Town

Art Fairs
2017 Art Africa Fair

Media and Publications
von Geusau, K. (2017). ThREe’S COMpANy. [online] nataal.com. Available at: http:// nataal.com/threes-company/ [Accessed 10 Mar. 2017].
Partridge, M. (2017). Something from Nothing – Matthew Partridge. [online] adjective. Available at: http://www.adjective.online/2017/05/16/something-from-nothing-matthew- partridge/ [Accessed 16 May 2017].
Art Africa. (2017). Out of Nowhere - A Group Exhibition - Art Africa. [online] Available at: http://artafricamagazine.org/out-of-nowhere-a-group-exhibition/ [Accessed 14 Jun. 2017].
Its Nice That
Stone, B. (2017). Artist Michaela Younge’s NSFW felt tableaux. [online] It’s Nice That. Available at: https://www.itsnicethat.com/articles/artist-michaela-younges-nsfw-felt- tableaux-200617 [Accessed 20 Jun. 2017].
The Lake
Flint, J. (2017). Phantom Bride. The Lake, (18), pp.44 – 49.