Neva Mikulicz: Declassified

Buc-ee’s, Flying Saucers, and Robots; what do all of these have in common? Neva Mikulicz. 


Anya Tish Gallery is delighted to present the witty and complex works of Neva Mikulicz in Declassified, the gallery’s fourth solo exhibition of the Houston-based artist. Mikulicz is widely recognized for her excruciatingly detailed, hyper-realistic drawings in Prismacolor pencil and graphite. In her current body of work, Mikulicz marries the traditional, centuries old medium of drawing with new media, such as: LED lights, light projection, sound recordings, and archival videos. 


Mikulicz embraces the unconventional pairing of elements from mass culture along with personal characteristics that derive from her memory and sense of humor, referencing retro sci-fi, pop culture and vintage governmental footage. The amusing, obsessively complex works open a compelling dialogue questioning the relationships between mass media, science, and the polarized content, alluding to buoyant evocations of 21st-century America.


From the Artist: 
“Currently, I have found that science fiction is a good way to shine a light on ourselves, from our prejudices, our uninformed ideas, our hopes, and our fears, including our fear of science. And like comedy, science fiction can do all this without lecturing, so I am borrowing from all the sci-fi that came before and from the headlines of the day. These drawings are an expression of love for science and for science fiction, and knowing the difference between the two.” - Neva Mikulicz 
About the Artist: 
Neva Mikulicz received her MFA from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. Her work has been exhibited globally in numerous art venues, including: Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China. Modern Art Museum, Trujillo, Peru; Shift Studio, Seattle, Washington. She was awarded the Mid-America Arts Alliance and National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship Award, and her work is included in collections such as: the Martin Museum of Art at Baylor University, Waco, Texas; Visual Arts Center Gallery at Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kansas; Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas and Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana. Mikulicz currently hosts her own YouTube channel, NWM-Art, where she interviews artists, gallerists and curators who share the details of their practice.