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Mika Revell

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Sydney, Australia

Lives in
Los Angeles

Works in
Los Angeles


Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London, 2009, MFA
Otis/Parsons Art School of Design, 2007, BFA

sculpture, figurative, graffiti/street-art, realism, surrealism, exhibition/performance, installation, pop


My new body of work combines techniques of digital photography, video and traditional painting. I began this series while working on a portrait of a friend and found that the movement and blurring of multiple  images reflected my own peripatetic journey from London to Los Angeles to New Orleans.


Like the works of Justin Bower or Gerhard Richter the photograph or film serves as a reference material to begin a process of deconstruction and reconstruction. By digitally manipulating images, creating overlapping, collaged elements and double exposures I produce a new image both surreal and somehow more accurate to the way an individual may recall reality. Like most memories, partially documented, imperfect and mostly intangible, the re-presentation of a moment must employ several methods in order to reconstruct it. I use the manipulated images to paint from, allowing the "imagined" and reinterpreted elements to fill in the gaps between the "real" and the abstract. The use of technology and traditional painting is a means of exploring identity construction in the modern age. My work explores the relationships between the individual, the self, the interpersonal and the cultural. 


Using visual elements, symbols, writing, photography, narrative, we compile a memory; we construct layers that create our identities, past, present, desires. The investigation of identity is the artists' journey; through culture, race, sexuality, religion, technology; an ongoing conversation spanning our visual culture. My engagement with this dialogue attempts to elaborate from a position of duality and multiplicity, incorporating the private and public, organic and technological, tangible, temporal and transformative.

Recent Exhibits

Mika Revell participated in these exhibits:

Oct, 2010 VAC #3 by Mirror space X Momentum
Focus Studio
May, 2010 The Art Show
NEXT Los Angeles
Apr, 2010 Post Penumbra
Packard Lofts
Sep, 2009 CSM MFA Degree Show
Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design
Jan, 2009 Catch My Drift
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