A native of Oswego, NY, Mikayla Trapasso is deeply invested in the city from which she has grown. As a graduate of Oswego High School, Mikayla decided to stay in her hometown to earn her Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts. In the fall, Mikayla will begin working on Master's degree in Art Education to become an art teacher. Mikayla has experience instructing and leading students in dance, university clubs, and art. She holds the current position of president for Clay Bodies Ceramics Club as well as maintains involvement in other groups. Mikayla has worked with a wide range of art media with concentrations in ceramics and drawing. She also is an owner/operator of a successful henna tattoo business. Mikayla will continue to work diligently to reach her goal of becoming an art teacher while advancing her techniques and skills within the arts.
My work explores and investigates the relationship between self-identity and the influence that nature and societal factors have on it. Drawing and sculpting in clay are my primary means of working, and in both, I focus on the human figure as subject matter, particularly the female body. In pairing the figure with varying yet complex environments, both two-dimensional and three-dimensional, I aim to build a strong narrative that evokes deep contemplation and emotion within the viewer. Through these methods and media, I am able to achieve surreal yet representational work that further examines the subconscious mind, specifically my own. My work is a direct embodiment of my innermost thoughts and emotions on who I am as, not only a young woman but as a maker.