This is the first collage in the upcoming “The Red Stories” suite. Girls, we are not keeping our mouths shut any longer! This is part of my #metoo story.
An oldie in new clothes! “The Tenants” by Mia Makila, 2019, digital collage (based on a work from 2006).
“Mia Makila och Maria Wingård är tillbaka i den lilla podd-garderoben med ett nytt avsnitt, fullspäckat med både eld och glöd! Avsnitt 17 är ett riktigt reningsbad – en perfekt nystart för både ART MOSTERS-Podden och hela konströrelsen för svensk lowbrow och mörk konst. Dessutom får vi ta del av små ljudklipp som ger ART MONSTERS-Podden sin unika collage-stil.”
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Here are photos from the “Merry Haunts Ball” group show at Merry Art Gallery in Yokohama, Japan, that was on display between 2019.2.9 -2019.3.31. I had 7 digital pieces in the show.
Ni som missade SVT inslaget i kulturmagasinet Sverige! igår, där jag och Maria Wingård intervjuas om ART MONSTERS OF SWEDEN: klicka på bilden för att spela upp!
Klipp från P2 då MONSTER TEAMET gästade den svensk-finska talkshowen “Iltapäivä” på Sisuradio (17/4 2018). (hela versionen finns här – från 52:24)
December 1st, early morning. I can’t believe Johnny will be here in 21 days. I am a workday away from accessing my own world of art and creativity. I have to finish up the digital piece I’m currently working on and start something new and fresh. A new painting perhaps.
Yesterday, I got a notification on Facebook from writer and scholar Line Henriksen that the new special issue of Women, Gender & Research by herself and Morten Bülowa and Erika Kvistad, had been published – with my art ( “Iceland” ) on the back cover! This is yet another reminder that my art belongs out there in the world. I have to wrap up the work on my new collection – and hand it over to the audience. ♥
All of my different sides are visible in my art.
I haven’t felt like myself for a while. I’m a little torn between different versions of myself. The office-me, the artist-me, the Swedish-speaking-me and the English-speaking me, the strong me, the scared me etc. It can be a confusing at times. I’ve always had many sides to my personality and also many layers within each side which makes me a bit complicated to say the least. This is also visible in my art. I don’t have one single signature style, but various forms of expressions. I can be raw, I can be cute, I can be dark, I can be colorful. And I can be all those things at once. Even though I win many different followers and collectors by using different techniques and styles, I sort of envy artist with a clear signature style – because they are so dedicated to it. I am too restless, too curious about the next level of expression. I am always moving forward and I can’t go back to a successful style or expression even if I’d want to. When I move on, I never look back. Going back to an old style wouldn’t feel genuine and it would look forced. So, I guess that is my style – to always reinvent myself and my visual expression. On a deeper level, I believe I’ve used my art to rediscover and reclaim all the sides to myself that used to be censored or oppressed by other people.
I had some kind of breakthrough in my thoughts about my future painting last night. It was wonderful. The Dead Lolita theme has felt old for some time now. I don’t connect with the role of Lolita anymore, I’ve come too far on my journey of self-empowerment. It has been four years since I first got the idea of killing my inner Lolita – and I think I killed her on the way without even noticing. All the artworks for the Lolita show will be included in other collections.
The new theme for a future collection of paintings is “black on black” – whatever that might be. I have worked a lot with demon portraits against a black background and I would say it is my signature style. I love playing around with different nuances of black, adding more life to the dark and, often flat, color. I will also go back to making mixed media pieces instead of just acrylic on canvas – I have some new ideas I want to explore when it comes to my technique. This is exciting! I have already prepared some canvases. All covered with black paint, of course.
I am finally back to making art again. It’s been 5 months since I finished the last piece in PhotoShop (The Blue Connection). Being creative is my natural state, so I am starting to feel like myself again. I can see that my style has changed a bit since the last 2 pieces. It has shifted from a darker expression to a more delicate and dreamy style. My collage technique has always been driven by a freudian selection of images – but I work on a much deeper level now. My new collection of works will be my most personal one yet. Like visual diary notes. Who needs therapy when you have a talent to dig into yourself and bring it out as an emotional confession through a clear visual expression?