Mia Darling: Things to Hide Behind
There are many things to hide behind; corners, hands, fans, bushes, makeup, laughter. Behind these things are mysteries concealed. This exhibition by South African artist Mia Darling hesitantly peeks behind at the biggest mysteries of all: the body. Using the playful malleable material of plasticine the artist’s blurred vision of beauty is explored.
Mia Darling was born in Johannesburg and grew up in Cape Town, South Africa. She is a graduate of Michaelis School of Fine Art (2018). Darling works with the unusual and playful medium of plasticine. Her paintings are created by using her hands as the paintbrush and perspex or glass as the canvas. They are colourful and painterly explorations into beauty, childhood and body image as the artist is most excited by the fantastical, the girly and the romantic, and fascinated by all things pink.
Darling’s works often revolve around female nudes, drawing from Western canons and then doing away with the rules and restrictions of the past through the medium of plasticine. She deals with the body along with its modern and age-old issues, those which are influenced by society. She paints about her own bodily experiences alongside doves, cascading roses and kittens.
Mia Darling: Things to Hide Behind runs at Loop 99 gallery, Cape Town until June 1, 2019.
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