Hello Ello x Dribble folks! Love the concept for the Make Good book and would be honored to be a part of a project that merges art/design with giving back. This is exactly why I create. Below is a bit about me, please note I am happy to send more reference photos should that be necessary. Thanks for your consideration!
My name is Mika Cali and I started my career in fine art attending NYC's Art Students league in 1996. I have since studied at Rhode Island School of Design, Central Saint Martins in London and the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC until graduating (BFA) from Parsons The New School for Design in 2006. I have created with a wide variety of mediums in various fields, from sculpture, welding and furniture design to printmaking, painting, graphic and fashion design.
The pieces I have submitted here are from my Symbol Series, an evolving collection of paintings mainly using acrylic on canvas. I get a lot of questions about the meaning behind the symbols and if they are inspired from old cave drawings or tribal paintings. Although my years of studying art has exposed me to all forms and styles, which my work has no doubt been influenced by, my symbols are completely unique to me.
The meanings behind the symbols vary yet they are almost always telling a story of strength, pushing boundaries, staying positive and maintaining balance. My paintings really started as messaging for myself - a hidden story in each piece that I could put on my walls as constant and encouraging reminders.
Shortly after my solo show (in collaboration with interior designer, Heather Tierney of Butchers Daughter) in November 2016 in Los Angeles, the symbol series took off and I have since been commissioned to help tell others’ stories through my symbols. My patrons often explain that having a piece on their wall inspires them daily to stay on path, follow their dreams and feel grounded. It is this aspect of my work that inspires me to continue to give back with my creativity and be a part of projects like the Make Good book.
In addition to my Symbol Series, my current fine art focus has also been developing my Resin Series, incorporating materials such as natural minerals and stones, resin, acrylic, found objects, weathered wood and rusted metal.
For more about the symbols, paintings and interviews explaining how the symbols came to be, please visit my website: http://www.mikacali.com or IG @heymikcali