Written by Caroline Denton
Photographed by Sarah Grace Kivett
Some call him Meekah Peck. Others refer to him as the pirate hipster of the graphic design crew, though he won’t acknowledge it. But there is one label that cannot be disputed: gifted. With a graphic design concentration at the forefront of his studies, Micah has several interests in terms of art, like music and writing, but drawing has always been his particular interest.
He says, “I love fine arts for their aesthetic, emotional, spiritual qualities, but the utilitarianism of graphic design is also appealing to me. My favorite is when those two get to come together.” In his flesh and bone series, he explores a balance between the technical and conceptual in an anatomical suite. Using models taken from romantic figural paintings by artists such as Gustave Corbet and William Blake, he did studies of the human head, torso, arms, legs, etc. by drawing their bones and musculature. “I wanted there to be a sense of shock because it’s not often that we get to see our bodies under flesh. It’s fascinating once you get over what’s going on.”
Micah aims to create work that “stirs the boring waters.” He forgoes the trendy in favor of the harder topics, the things that make people uncomfortable. He wants to cause bizarre emotions and wonder in order to make people think deeply. And he adds, “I also love sarcasm, so anytime I get to interject that is great.”
Micah’s curiosity sparked his fascination with art. He says, “When I see something I like, I want to do it. I grew up watching cartoons, and that made me want to make my own. It was the same thing with music. Everything I’ve done is a response to what I’m studying or looking at.”
Someday you might find Micah running his own publication design studio or creating cartoons while jamming to all the songs with a cup of coffee in hand. “I just want to be able to do all the things,” he tells me, and as I look over the list of what he has done—photography, painting, videography, sculpture, drawing, graphic design—I think he’s on track to doing just that.