“In my practice I draw on ancient paradigms that suggest a way of knowing the world by travelling through it. I often go to places I don’t know, live in conditions I can’t control, and work with stories that are handed to me.
In this way I am a mythogeographer and diary keeper, carrying my materials, making work about the life of places and communities I stay in, and in the process generating connections and relationships, and understandings.
As storyteller I am often using my work to consider how, across cultures, people negotiate common issues of life through their particular cultural practices, as I paint about experiences, the better to process, step back from, and own them“.
Michal Glikson has been exploring peripatetic practice as a way of painting and of negotiating cross cultural experience and transitional life since 2008.
She holds a degree in Fine arts, a combined degree in Anthropology and Politics, as well as Theatre. While studying Masters in painting at the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India, Michal became fascinated with the tradition of miniature, which she went on to study in Rajasthan and Lahore. In 2017 Michal completed her practice-led PhD conducted through the School of Art and Design, Australian National University which explored peripatetic practice and produced the Australindopak Archive, a major multimedia work integrating scroll paintings, documentary film, and sound.
Michal’s scrolls have been exhibited internationally, with highlights such as Charles Melville’s Contemporary Responses to the Shahnemeh (London, Paris, Dubai 2010), the First Indonesian Triennale (2013), Attokoussy at Le Cube – independent art room (Morocco/Rabat 2017), and most recently, the Biennale of Australian Art (BOAA) 2018.
Her current scroll project stories experiences of living on Elcho Island, in the community of Guli’winku, in light of learning about its culture and the pressures its people face regarding the Australian Government’s unsympathetic position on the right of Native Australians to live and educate their children on country.