Mik is a painter, art-school lecturer, and now also an iPad artist.
Mik is interested in digital explorations from pixel to painting and back again, and his project ‘Considering Silesia’ examines issues of conflicting (in his case Anglo-German) heritage, cultural memory, identity, displacement and migration. Evacuation, the Dresden Firestorm, siege, defeat, and ethnic cleansing are elements of this story of migration from my mothers’ contested land. Post war intermarriage gave birth to symbols of hope and peace – and racial guilt twice over. Conspiracy theories of Nazi secret weapons, and Albert Speer’s secret complex “Der Riese”, tunnelled into the mountains overlooking his mothers birthplace, was partly a research lab for Zero Gravity experiments for flying saucers – Nazi UFO’s – are the flip side of this fantastic story.
These themes are observed in the context of our evolving relationship with the internet and new media – our digital “way of seeing” – focusing on ‘virtual expeditions’ to Mik’s mothers’ homeland (Lower Silesia – a place he’s never been to), a perspective on contemporary economic, social and political events and the very ‘analogue’ activity of painting, though most recent work has been created on a iPad. Developed since 2003 “Considering Silesia” has been exhibited from San Francisco and Baltimore to Zagreb, featured in several publications, received awards and critical acclaim.