Artist statement

Through my art I’m able to give all my inner demons a face – because it’s easier to punch them in the face if they actually have one!

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I am deeply connected to my art. I see it as an extension of myself and vice versa. Even though the aesthetics of my art vary a lot the focus is always on a clear and raw expression. I believe our core is a place of magic and wonder, so I always try to stay true to what I find inside it. My work is based on difficult core emotions like fear, angst, rage and shame but there’s always a tension between one emotion and another – a balancing act between the raw and the delicate. My art has a lot of horror elements but it’s also playful, with vivid colors, absurdities, funny contradictions and sexual curiosity.

My artistic intention is to find the perfect balance between horror and humor – between dark and light, so that it’s comfortable for me to approach the uncomfortable truths and cracks inside myself – and hopefully inspire other people to approach the same in themselves. I want to make the world a more open and honest place by creating a space where people are allowed to genuinely feel what they feel underneath whatever is considered to be correct and appropriate. I want to create an honest feeling in my audience and make them go beyond the self-protective strategies like judging, numbing, or ignoring who they really are at their core. I want to send a message through my art for other people to know that their wounds and flaws don’t make them into freaks, it makes them beautiful and unique. I find beauty in ugliness and ugliness in the idealized vision of beauty. I love to play around with that in my art.

– Who is Mia Makila? –

If Pippi Longstocking and Bergman ever had a love child – it would be me; I have a deep Bergmanesque chaos within myself and I let my demons out to play and have fun. I connect with Pippi’s rebellious nature – someone who goes against the mainstream ideas and would happily lift a horse every now and then, just because she can. I can relate to her playfulness and her need for freedom. And her red hair of course.

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There is a difference between how I approach painting and how I approach my digital art. When I’m painting I deal with traumas and my inner darkness, but my digital art is more optimistic and it is a place where I dissect my dreams, fantasies and psychological processes. When I am in the process of painting, I get to explore difficult emotions in a very “hands on” kind of way – whilst the digital process is both soothing and meditative. Both processes are part of my healing. They are a playground for my spiritual awakening and artistic metamorphosis.

My inspiration and my artistic influences come from many different sources; Frida Kahlo, René Magritte, Lena Cronqvist, Hieronymus Bosch, American colonial folk art, Ingmar Bergman, David Lynch, Tim Burton, Terry Gilliam, the golden age of Walt Disney Studios, Garbage Pale Kids, Cindy Sherman, Gregory Jacobsen, Votive paintings of Mexico, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Jan Svankmajer. I have a soft spot in my heart for art genres like art brut, primitive art and outsider art – genres where the expression comes from a genuine place of pain, vulnerability, curiosity and happiness without being over-intellectualized. 

I am self taught, in every creative area (painting, digital art, photography, writing, poetry etc). Needless to say, I never went to art school. Instead, I’m an educated art historian/idea historian.

I am based in Sweden but participate mostly in international art shows – although I have been away from the art world for a while, to make room for other important endeavors.  I am currently working on a new collection of works and hope to be back soon with new art shows and projects.

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My studio for both painting and digital art, December 2016