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.