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Mia Mäkilä: Low Brow and Horror Art

by Constance Ann Fitzgerald

Mia Mäkilä defines her style by asking the viewer to “picture Pippi Longstocking and Swedish movie director Ingmar Bergman having a love child.”

I guess everyone’s calling me a “horror artist” because I deal with difficult emotions and themes such as fear, angst, madness, rage and sorrow in my art. But I also use a lot of humour. Making my demons having fun on the canvas. You could describe my art as horror pop surrealism or dark lowbrow. My work includes mixed media, paintings and digital collages.

I’m self taught, using my own techniques and constantly learning new stuff. Sometimes it works, sometimes it sucks, but that’s all part of my self education. The fact that I’m also an art historian has definitely had a great impact on my art. But I’m mostly inspired by movies and film directors such as David Lynch, Ingmar Bergman, Alfred Hitchcock, Roy Andersson, Terry Gilliam and Tim Burton and artists like Hieronymus Bosch, Pieter Bruegel, Francisco Goya, Jean-Michel Basquiat and the masters of Disney Studio’s in the 1930’s-40’s. All my collegues in the Lowbrow Art Movement are also inspiration sources.”- Mia Mäkilä

Not only do I adore her philosophy about being a self educated artist, I instantly fell in love with her work. It was beyond difficult to select only a few images from her gallery for this post.
Below are the few I couldn’t help but include, but I STRONGLY recommend that you visit her site and enjoy the rest of the gallery. Her style is rich, versatile and filled with all the surreal, obscene and odd imagery that Bizarros tend to be drawn to. You won’t regret it.

Hateful Stripper

Roberta #5

Natascha #3

Grim Reaper (Daisy Adair)

4 responses

  1. Natascha #3 is absolutely amazing.

    November 8, 2011 at 2:45 pm

  2. I believe there are 5 Nataschas?

    I am so in love. Everything on the site has been phenomenal. It was really hard to pick a reasonable number of photos for this post.

    I saved about a dozen of them to my computer. So. In. Love. <3

    November 8, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    • #12. Zoinks! Loving it. People talk about Denise Milani’s enhanced kkneocrs, but I’d like to remind our viewers that they were already huge before she had them made huger. #23 and #24 remind me of the first time I gave an IV to a guy. I was selected to be a combat lifesaver, which is like a stopgap intended to keep wounded troops alive long enough for the actual medic to get to them, and clearing airways and giving IVs were part of our job. I’m not a squeamish guy normally, but the Doc demonstrated on a guy who didn’t push down on his vein to stop blood flow to the IV needle, and when he put his arm down, blood poured all over the bed and the floor. Seeing that, I felt myself get lightheaded and had to sit down. But five minutes later another lifesaver and I were giving each other IVs and I had absolutely no problem with that.

      December 27, 2012 at 4:15 am

  3. I love these!!

    November 8, 2011 at 3:36 pm

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