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MKC Photography

MKC Photography

Until the age of 10, Michelle Ciarlo-Hayes was certain the secret passage into Narnia truly existed and if she just rifled through enough closets, she would find it. Fables, fairy tales, and legends have always enchanted Michelle, her favorites being those where heroines like Lucy and Alice run off to have wild adventures. Graduate studies brought her to Oxford, where she would read in the same gardens that inspired C.S. Lewis and Lewis Carroll’s imaginations, and her whimsical, witty, and joyful artwork is still influenced by this idea of magical worlds that mingle with our own. Before becoming a full-time artist, Michelle was a librarian and spent her days surrounded by her very favorite thing: books. Irreparably damaged titles found a home in her studio and the idea for her art blocks was born. Many beautiful family heirlooms appear in her art and designs, which she creates by blending her collection of antique cameras and viewfinders with traditional film, digital collage, and painting.