Since 2009, Michael Wesik has investigated the expressive possibility of nature through large format, analogue photographic processes, as well as mixed media compositions. As Wesik contemplates art making as being fundamentally performative, his work seeks to expound the expressional potential of the natural world through intricate manipulations of analogue photography techniques and by drawing from the ethos of earth art practice.
Photographically, Wesik primarily focuses his lens on a secluded new-growth forest on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, Canada. His continual return to re-photograph the same landscape from varied vantage points and lighting conditions has resulted in a body of work that oscillates fluidly between academic realism and abstraction. His mixed media compositions push even further into abstraction where natural materials found around photographed subjects are transposed onto canvas to create foundations for paintings that literally pull from the forest in which he works.
Wesik was born in 1978 in Vancouver, where he continues to live and work. He graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2006 with a BA in Art History, then continued his studies at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design from 2009-10. His work has been acquired by the Polygon Corporate Art Collection as well as numerous private collections.