Michaela`s Cordes enthusiasm for old cultures and indigenous people are the inspiration for her work. Her paintings, which are mainly inspired by African and oceanic themes, Cordes draws a straight line between her earthy, somewhat primitive sculptures and her modern mixed media paintings.
She creates her mixed media paintings which are often portraits from photographs. She reduces the image into little elements like pieces of a mosaic. Often she will integrate meaningful quotes or newspaper articles into the painting – so that it can “speak” to the viewer and leaves exciting thoughts in ones mind.