Artist Bio: Born in Fresno, California (1977) After spending time tinkering around at her father’s auto repair/welding shop as a child, Noelle began to create an imaginary world out of carpenters chalk drawings and discarded car parts. This world turned the industrial environment of downtown Fresno into a delusional paradise. Noelle left Fresno at eighteen but took her imaginary world with her. She moved to San Francisco where she became completely fascinated with the murals of the Mission district and inspired by the vibrant life of the city masses. After studying the art of Central America she decide to go on a journey there and worked on two commissioned mural projects for an ecotourist organization in Costa Rica. After returning from a trip to Brazil and coming home with a lifelong souvenir (her daughter) she then returned to California to study Cultural Anthropology which continues to be the underlying theme throughout her creative endeavors. Noelle has worked for many years in the arts education realm developing a profound relationship with culture, creative expression, and child development. She works to convey the beauty and complexities of human nature using texture, pattern, and narrative elements throughout her work. Noelles' work further explores themes such as cross-cultural awareness, women's spirituality, and botanical world through painting and collage practices. These subject matters are expressed through a vibrant play on color and form through painted paper cut collage. The mixed mediums employed here includes acrylic painting, cut paper collage and encaustic painting. Noelle currently works as a Visual Artist and Art Instructor in Santa Cruz, CA. CONTACT noelle.correia [!at] gmail.com
Mikoazule is creative an entrepreneurship born from my love for Folklore and the concept of gaining knowledge from metaphor. I am drawn to 2D, demonstrative illustrations such as those seen in the Ashanti stories of Anansi the Spider and other folktales retold and illustrated in the late 1970's. Mikoazule is inspired by that very aesthetic that was so well demonstrated in children's books and "Sesame Street" of that era. The name Mikoazule comes from a folktale that I encountered in while living in the Puntarenes region of Costa Rica. The story of Mujer Miko was told to me by an elder Boruca woman in that area. The tale goes like this: there was a once a witch known as Mujer Miko who, each night, would turn into a flying monkey and torment the rooftops of abusive men. The sharing of this story impacted my soul. As a survivor of the mental torment brought on by a misogynistic society, I intended to create a new folklore through paintings that told the story of strong women everywhere fighting the battle against such toxic ways. Currently, I find myself subconsciously responding to the issues of human migration, cultural intersections and the story that we contain in our individual dreamscapes. I am interested in documenting the human “aura” and crucial moments of the collective feminine memory. My creative process begins with color. I am inspired the way nature’s color schemes pop. I begin my work by thinking about the emotions that I want to invoke through color. I am also think about symbols that represent the feminine mystique and magic. The process has become a life metaphor in which I work through obstacles, obtain epiphanies and understand myself as one small part to a much larger whole.