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Mikayla Lacey

Artist member since 2020
Toronto, Ontario

Mikayla Lacey’s work explores the way vulnerability can be used as a tool for creation. She draws upon the intimate experiences of both herself and her peers through paint – investigating the gritty, messy, prickly parts of the human experience on canvas. Her work is chaotic and emotionally driven, as she reimagines various ways to combine figurative imagery and text with the realm of abstraction. Instead of depicting bodies in their entirety, Lacey allows them to merge freely with their surroundings; enabling a constant conversation between gentle washes, and dynamic mark making.

Mikayla Lacey studied Fine Art at OCAD University in both Toronto and Florence, Italy. During the completion of her degree, she was published in blogto’s “25 Artists to watch from the OCAD graduation exhibition” and was presented both the Mercedes Benz Entrance Scholarship and Ann Adler Kagan Award.


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Favourite musical artist / band right now

Absolutely in love with EDDYEVVY as of now! Anything with shoegaze undertones & female vocals is what I listen to when I paint. (And of course, anything by Death Cab - who doesn't enjoy sad love songs?)

What artists do you admire right now?

I currently have a soft spot for text work and adore Olivia Mae Sinclair's gritty take on romance. If we're talking figurative, I have always been a huge fan of Hélène Delmaire.

Beverage of choice

red wine

Favourite medium

watercolour, charcoal and acrylic paint

In a previous life I was (a) ...

strawberry

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Select Past Exhibitions
2020

Le Tao Canada - Toronto Canada
Le Tao Art Showcase

2019

Artists Network Gallery – Toronto, Canada
The Big Holiday Smalls Show

2019

Hart House – Toronto, Canada
100th Anniversary of Hart House

2019

Woman's Art Association of Canada – Toronto, Canada
Exuberant

2019

Bau Xi Gallery – Toronto, Canada
Emerging Now

2019

15 D'arcy Street - Toronto, Canada
D'arcy Symposium - Dreamscape

2019

OCAD University - Toronto, Canada
Grad Ex 104

2019

OCAD University - Great Hall - Toronto, Canada
Filth and Decadence

2018

OCAD University - Great Hall - Toronto, Canada
Frutti - Florence Off-Campus Show

2018

Bonafacio Lupi Campus - Florence, Italy
Emulsion 2

2017

Bonafacio Lupi Campus - Florence, Italy
Emulsion

2017

OCAD University - Great Hall - Toronto, Canada
Lucid Dream - Artists in Wonderland

2016

OCAD University - Great Hall - Toronto, Canada
Celebrating First Year

2015

OCAD University - Ada Slaight Gallery - Toronto, Canada
Drawing at First Sight

Accolades
2019

OCAD University
Anne Adler Kagan Award

2015

Mercedes Benz Financial Services  
Drawing and Painting Direct Entry Scholarship

Press
2019

blogTO
25 Artists to Watch from the OCADU Grad Exhibition

Residencies

Florence, Italy
OCAD University Florence Off-Campus Program

Education
2019

OCAD University
Bachelor of Fine Arts

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