Mieke Vanmechelen (b. 1974, Antwerp, Belgium) operates within a rural context. Interested in alternative ways of ‘being’ that do not include the metrics of momentary gratification she makes work through performative and observational methodologies. Drawing on intimate knowledge and lived experience the imagery in her work is often personal, inherently wild and resonant of an intrinsic life force. Her practice frames a connection to the natural world that is at odds with the predominant ethos of modernity. She holds a BA from Trinity College Dublin (1996) and received an MA in Art & Process from Crawford College of Art & Design, Cork (2014).