How does one best engage with a particularly eventful dream or a strange bit of folklore? For fine artist Michaela Younge, the answer lies in felt.
A graduate of the Michaelis School of Fine Art, Younge has become well-known for her felt works – rich tapestry narratives that compress entire stories into single tableaux – as well as her knack for weaving dreams, folklore, fairytales and humour into her work. All of this comes 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.
Well-known pieces by the artist feature dogs playing poker in grungy pubs, frogs being run down by stylish cars, and smiling monkeys cradling small birds while a naked man dances along in the background. Anthropomorphism, children’s stories, and mythology are constants in her works, and serve to engage viewers through the medium of storytelling, as well as draw our attention to the way in which we view all things ‘beastly’ and non-human.
Younge has taken part in a number of group shows, and has shown work at Art Africa Fair and the Investec Cape Town Art Fair.