Mika Lauren Revell’s new body of work is a satirical collage of Pop imagery referencing everything from Hip Hop, and Horror Film, to re-interpretations of historicised works of art.
Film stills from Brian De Palma’s 1976 body horror, Carrie, are compressed with elements of Marcel Duchamp’s, Large Glass; The Bride Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors, Even (1923), and suspended by industrial chain amidst an installation of debris and found objects. The “re-mixing” of these cultural objects to create a lo-fi rendition pays homage to the “ready-made” tradition while simultaneously paralleling the abjection of 80’s gore with the depiction of abstracted mechanistic sexuality.
This idea of compounded historical memory carries throughout the work. Through a humorous pairing of images and objects the artist levels the hierarchy of cultural signifiers and constructs a new history of objects. Combining Robert Rauschenberg’s Combine Series with L.L.Cool J’s hit “Don’t Call it a Comeback“, Revell presents a version of Modernist assemblage compositionally accurate but now accessible to the every day viewer.