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“I am really excited and grateful for being asked to paint for this solo at ODA. The large double volume space of the gallery lends itself perfectly to every piece and compliments my work beautifully. My work for ‘A Moment in Time’, captures my personal philosophy to remain present in the now as well as expresses the esence of my work as an artist, visualising emotions with the help of paint, brush & canvas.”

AA Newsletter 2016 Sept29 ODA1Michaela Rinaldi, Shadow Dancing, 2016. Acrylic, charcoal, gold leaf and pastel on belgian linen, framed, 140 x 100 cm. All images courtesy of the artist.

Michaela is a true “Sturm & Drang” (storm and urge) artist of the 21st century. She presents a powerful body of work in which individual subjectivity and, in particular, extremes of emotion are given free expression in reaction to the perceived constraints of rationalism, imposed by an age of science.

The exhibition aims to show the incredible range of Michaela’s work who creates stark tension with a single paint stroke, surprises the viewer by the wide choice of materials or large format works to then capture the attention through a small size ink-drawing. 

AA Newsletter 2016 Sept29 ODA2Michaela Rinaldi, Complexities of Being, 2016. Acrylic, charcoal, gold leaf and pastel on Belgian linen, framed, 100 x 80 cm.

“My work is all painted from a place of feeling and total vulnerability,” explains the artist, “No piece is preconceived, no feeling edited. My canvas is a place where all is allowed. For me, my work is about personal reflection, questioning past and finding presence. A journey of self discovery from a place of turmoil to a place of peace. Turmoil being past and peace in finding presence. The mesranging from abandonment to love. No painting is planned, no working drawings, I just paint! I connect with whatever I am feeling, be it conscious or unconscious. The end result is always a complete surprise.

As with my painting, I love to experiment by painting on different surfaces. Every surface takes on a whole new life and a whole new experience for me in terms of texture, colour, and how paint is applied… I hope you can enjoy my work for what you feel… what it stirs in you and how it resonates with you. My journey does not need to be understood. Only yours.” 

AA Newsletter 2016 Sept29 ODA3Michaela Rinaldi, You often walk through my thoughts, 2016. Acrylic and charcoal on canvas board. Diptych; 600 x 760 cm each (unframed). 


‘A Moment in Time’ opens on 01 October with a walkabout with the artist from 11:30 to 13:30. Please rsvp if you wish to attend this function. The exhibition will run until 19 October 2016. The gallery is open daily, from 9:30 to 17:30. For further information, please contact Patrizia Litty by sending an email to patrizia@objekt-design-art.co.za


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