"Through watercolor, nuanced narratives, beeswax, plant magic and paper-cuts, I respond to human metamorphosis and the many rivers forged through close encounters of the unusual kind. I'm interested in visually documenting the nuanced human narrative as seen from the individual cosmic biosphere."

Playa Akumal - Mixed media paper collage and acrylic paint on rosewood panel 48 x 48 in.

Noelle Correia aka Mikoazule was born in 1977 under a full moon in Scorpio in Fresno, California. After spending time tinkering around at her father's auto repair/welding shop as a child, Noelle began to create an imaginary world out of carpenters chalk drawings of discarded car parts. This world turned the industrial environment of downtown Fresno into a delusional paradise. Noelle left Fresno at eighteen but took her imaginary world with her and continues to process the nuance and grit of everyday cultural collision through fluvial imagery.

Her creative process begins with color. Noelle is inspired by how the color schemes pop in biodiversity, such as a poisonous dart frog's epidermal layers resting on a muted green leaf. The biodiverse thread within her creative practice is that of Botanical Surrealism. She begins her work by thinking about the relationship between emotions and color and allows color theory to drive the outcome. Symbols that represent the feminine mystique and practical magic are a reoccurring thematic backdrop. The process has become a life metaphor in which she works through obstacles, obtains epiphanies, and understands herself as a tiny part of a much larger whole.

She conveys the beauty and complexities of human nature using texture, pattern, and narrative elements throughout her work. Her work has been exhibited in California Galleries and collectives exhibitions, including Radius Gallery, The Art Cave, The Art League of Santa Cruz County, Pajaro Valley Arts Gallery, and Arte Americas. Noelle's work further explores the botanical world through watercolor painting, paper-cut collage practices, and encaustic medium. Through wax, water, and human narratives of all kinds, Noelle creates a vibrant play on color and form. 

Ojo Tecero N0.2 Cancer - Mixed media paper collage and acrylic paint on birchwood panel 10 x 10 in.
Vita Aquatica No.4 - Mixed media paper collage and acrylic paint on canvas 30 x 28 in.
Moth Muse - Mixed media paper collage and acrylic paint on canvas 11 x 17 in.
Struck - Mixed media paper collage and acrylic paint on canvas 28 x 30 in.

This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist


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