August 2017: Aliki Mikulich 

Canada geese flying along brush on the banks of the Grand River August’s Featured Artist is Aliki Mikulich, a mixed media painter and sculptor from Brantford.

Aliki studied art, art history, and ceramics at the University of Toronto, Sheridan College, and Mohawk College. She works with a variety of media, including (but never limited to) plaster, paint, wood, metal, cloth, and encaustic (beeswax). She finds joy in exploring and embracing new ways of expression through various media. “Each medium comes with its own strengths and limitations, and it is always a learning process and an ‘adapt-adopt-and-improve’ experience,” she says. “Often there are unexpected happy accidents that lead to another avenue and inform the finished product.”

The content of her work is reflective of her life experiences, the animals, flora and fauna of our community, and the urban sprawl and subsequent displacement of wildlife in Southern Ontario. Mikulich says that she “doesn’t remember a time in life where I didn’t express myself visually.”

She is very much community-minded artist, who has worked on a number of group projects alongside community groups from local elementary schools, as well as the Canadian Mental Health Association, Laurier Brantford, and the Grand River Community Health Centre. Aliki is also the co-owner of Paint-Club, a mobile social painting business that operates in a number of local venues. She is also a member of the City’s Public Art Subcommittee, working with a “great group of well-informed and creative people” to advice Brantford City Council on its public art collection.

Mikulich is currently working on a new sculptural piece for the inaugural Day on the Grand Festival on September 9, 2017, and was one of the artists selected for the City of Brantford’s Little Free Libraries project. In addition to these projects, she actively shows her work at a variety of local venues and events, and is part of a small group called The Grand River Group of Artists, whose work collectively pops up at local venues; right now they have a small space at the the Paris Wincey Mills Co. Local artists inspire her daily, and enjoys working on groups to draw out the most expression and creativity. “There is nothing quite like the feeling of having worked on something together,” she notes. “Learn, create, above all, co-create and draw from the strength of groups of creative individuals.”

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