Digital collages 2007-2017
I have been developing my own technique in PhotoShop for 10 years now, and it allows me to create dreamlike worlds by using hundreds of layers of photographs, textures and digital paint. I am basically painting with images instead of traditional paint. Working digitally liberates me from the unwanted properties and restrictions in physical materials – for example, I can easily enlarge details, use the texture of a raw chicken to make a night sky come alive, erase and then successfully regret erasing, cut and paste without using scissors and glue. I call that artistic freedom.
I accept commissions as a digital artist.
limited editions of fine art prints
My digital pieces are limited in print editions of 5-10, printed with high quality pigment ink on archival paper [Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308g]. All original prints are signed and numbered by me.
“Searching for Domenique” – Photo collaboration with my muse Domenique 2008-2013
My first photo of Domenique (1994), we were both 15 years old at the time.
The photo project “Searching For Domenique” is a collection of portraits of my friend and muse Domenique. I’ve known her since we were 13 years old – and we started to work together with photo projects shortly after. This was before I owned my own camera and before she became an international model. It wasn’t until 2009 that we decided to go all in with a long term collaboration including scripted projects mixed with documentary photography. My ambition for this collection of projects was to blur the line between the real and the staged and to also search for Domenique in both worlds, behind the masks, wigs, props – and find her in the delicate and revealing vulnerability she exposes in front of my camera. Since we’ve known each other for such a long time, our work is based on trust, a shared artistic intuition, but also the edge of truth and dare.
It’s been a long time since I last saw Domenique – life and sorrows hit us both very hard and tore us apart, but my intention is for us to eventually continue our collaboration.
mia makila, mia mäkilä, artist, art