May 15, 2010

The Art of Frankenstein : Mia

The paintings are like my journals in which I share my findings
and discoveries with the rest of the world.

— Mia (interview in Juxtapoz magazine)

Los Angeles-based artist Mia paints stunning portraits layered with details that suggest secret meanings and fleeting clues, their context achieved through free association. They are like ambiguous puzzles that aren’t mean to fit together, but rather draw us in, to raise questions and incite our curiosity.

Mia’s re-interprets the Bride of Frankenstein as a melancholic, haloed icon.

Her once plain shroud is now delicately embroidered and the hand bandages could be silk. She holds a skull intertwined with dark flowers and budding stems, symbolizing death and rebirth.

The Bride's sweeping hair is ornamented with pearls, tassels and vegetation, topped by a cemetery crown against a skyfull of wheeling constellations. The background shows an alchemist’s candlelit, moss-invaded laboratory.

There’s more beautiful art on Mia’s website (click the gallery images to see them extra large) and blog. Both sites carry links to interviews with the artist.


Caftan Woman said...

I love it when someone can turn what I was sure of totally upside down.

Anonymous said...

Wow, that's the Bride as a Frida Kahlo painting. She's lovely.


That pic is a cool piece of work.

Anonymous said...

Might be a few Frankenstein Pics. you might like? above site.
Great site you have here!