Michaele Jordana is a Canadian artist, media designer and futurist whose multi-platform work explores the convergence of painting, photography, performance art, music, video and digital media.
Her monumental photorealist paintings of mythical whales are in the collections of The National Gallery of Canada, The Canada Council’s Art Bank and The Rogers Collections. Theatrical performance art – inspired by the time she spent in the Canadian Arctic – marked the beginning of Michaele’s use of multiple media and persona in her work, which evolved to encompass environmental installations, new wave music and digital media.
She is widely known as the charismatic singer who won a CASBY Award and a Juno nomination fronting her award-winning band, The Poles. Named after her journey to The North Pole, The Poles frequently performed at the iconoclastic New York music club CBGB.
Her subsequent pioneering use of assistive technology and art with autistic and Down Syndrome students was the subject of PeakMedia’s television documentaries Moving with The Light and Face to Face, a winner at The New York Film and Television Festival.
Michaele’s interactive design for the web began early with Artists in Electronic Residence, the first online art school in Canada. As a founder of PeakMedia Collective, Michaele produced massive public art installations including ‘Winter Sky’, an immersive video ceiling fresco which transformed the football-field-size vaulted canopy of Sherway Gardens into a spectacle of winter skies; and The Media Tree, a site-specific, 96 screen, three-story media tower for Casino Niagara.
Her latest exhibition of large-scale digital photo-paintings, Cyborg: The Human Condition, continues her exploration into persona and her use of alternative realities as tools for narrative, to evoke the primordial origins of the human species as we continue our evolution into cyberspace.