Vikki Michalios’ works were seen at the Village West Gallery in Jersey City, JCAST: Jersey City Artist Studio Tour, at the Hunterdon Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Jersey City Museum, Blackburn 20/20 at Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, Center for Contemporary Arts in Bedminster, Contemporary Artists Center Woodside, Gallery Aferro, aljira: A CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART, ALJIRA as part of EMERGE 11, AIR Gallery, Walsh at Seton Hall University, Columbia University, and Denise Bibro among others. Reviews and mentions were seen in The Star-Ledger, New York Arts Magazine, and Steven Zevitas’ publication, Studio Visit Magazine. She was awarded residencies at Millay Colony of Art, The Contemporary Artists Center at Woodside, ArtReach program (City Without Walls), and Chautauqua Institution.
Vikki Michalios received an MFA degree in painting from the University of Oregon and has lived in or near New York City since 1995. In 2019, she opened Now Project Space for the promotion of public art in storefront windows located at 411 Monmouth Street, Jersey City, NJ.
When The Sun Went Dark
mixed media on panel
12 × 12 in.
When the Sun Went Down is a 12 × 12 inch mixed media work on panel using water-based silkscreen, oil ink, oil paint, collage, acrylic, and graphite, and is part of a series of works called Flowers of Hope:
“Flowers of Hope, the seminal work in a series of Vikki Michalios’ latest abstract works that best embody the artist’s affinity for Earth’s effort to renew and repair itself, and in process, affirm both life and beauty. The abstract sunflowers are dedications to Land, Air, and Water (LAW). In the aftermath of the 2009 tsunami disaster, the contaminated areas of the Fukushima power plant had been sown with sunflowers to absorb and neutralize the toxins in the soil. The result has been huge swaths of yellow flowers, wide fields of astonishing beauty echoing the yellow shimmer of life-giving sunlight. From this statement of hope in the midst of an unparalleled disaster, Ms. Michalios drew the inspiration for the abstract Fukushima Daiichi, a series of water-based screenprints that uses art to recognize the tenacity of life itself. ‘My art is about environmental systems and is inspired by ecological events, contemporary media coverage of them, or legends related to them. Flowers of Hope A Response to Global Warming images are composed using one medium or combining methods together,’ she notes. Installation, drawing, painting and a variety of printing methods including silk screen, drypoint, etching and mono-print all come into play. Adds the artist, ‘Sowing flowers of hope for a radioactive-free future was the point of departure for this series of water-based screenprints and ink drawings named Fukushima series after the Tsunami in Japan. They are abstractions of sunflowers.’”
— Victor Forbes, Fine Art Magazine