Artist spotlight: Natalie Miczikus

Category:  The Arts
Wednesday, April 5th, 2017 at 8:00 PM
Artist spotlight: Natalie Miczikus by Madi Gross
Photo: Madi Gross

Natalie Miczikus — a senior ceramics major with and psychology minor — sits in East Hall where her newest project is already in the works. Miczikus recently had some of her works displayed in Doucette Hall’s Bruce Gallery as part of the Michael V. Gmitter Memorial Scholarship show.

“I spend about 30 hours in class and probably 25 hours outside of class on my work in an average week,” said Miczikus.

She leaned back ever so slightly in her chair and continued to explain why she chose art as her path.

“I’ve always created art, ever since I could hold a pencil,” she said.

“My first two years of college I didn’t do art until I took a ceramics class. I’ve always felt deep down that I’ve wanted to be artist.”

She continued: “I came in knowing that I wanted to do art therapy, but I wasn’t sure how to do it. So I talked to one of the art therapy professors and she explained that I could do a major in psych and a minor in art, or a major in art and a minor in psych. So when I chose to make art my major, I decided to go into something that I wasn’t too familiar with: ceramics.”

Miczikus explained her favorite art form as ceramics and sculpting, stating, “it used to be painting and printmaking, so I try to tie that in with my sculpture work.”

As for her creative process, Miczikus said, “my thoughts, feelings and things that I’m not able to communicate through words, I take that and begin to sketch to come up with the finished piece.” She continued: “Then I take the clay, put it on an armature, sketch onto the clay, wait for it to dry out, hollow it out, fire it, and then hand paint it, which is my favorite part.”

Miczikus said she enjoys the ability to use various mediums to portray her thoughts and feelings, as seeing the reaction that others have to them.

“My favorite thing about my art is the connection that it has with the viewer. It, in an indirect way, is a conversation where I don’t have to necessarily be present,” Miczikus said.

To any current or future students, Miczikus has a few words of advice.

“Stay focused, always take risks, work from outside of your comfort zone and learn to manage your time wisely,” she stated, in fear of sounding too cliché.

“My favorite piece (of my own) is always my next piece. With my next piece, I am always pushing myself to be better,” she explained. “So, I don’t have a favorite piece yet because it’s probably something I will create at some other time.”

Madi Gross is a staff writer and can be reached at ae.spectator@gmail.com. 

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