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Mika Revell

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Self Portrait as a Geisha- Tokyo Residency, October 2015 Photographic Print 24" X 36"
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Self Portrait as a Geisha- Tokyo Residency, 10/2015 Photographic Print 24" X 36"
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Self Portrait as a Harajuku Girl- Tokyo Residency, October 2015 Photographic Print 24" X 36"
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Self Portrait as a Harajuku Girl- Tokyo Residency, October 2015 Photographic Print 24" X 36"
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Self Portrait as a Geisha- Tokyo Residency, October 2015 Photographic Print 8 X 12
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Installation detail, Tokyo Solo Show, October 2015 Oil on Canvas 15' X 8'
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Kumon-Kawaii/ Cute Cloud- Tokyo Residency, 2015 Oil on Canvas 52" X 52" © Mika Revell
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Kumon-Kawaii detail- Tokyo Residency, October 2015 Oil on Canvas
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Freedom - Tokyo, October 2015 Oil on Japanese Card 12" X 12"
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Infinite - Tokyo Residency, October 2015 Oil on Japanese Card 12" X 12"
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Unconditional - Tokyo Residency, October 2015 Oil on Japanese Card 12" X 12"
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C.R.E.A.M. (Cash rules everything around me), 2011 Oil on Canvas 36 X 24
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Foreign Currency, 2013 Oil on Panel 72 X 84
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Aigre doux, 2012 Oil on Canvas 48 X 36
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America is Not the World, 2012 Oil on Canvas 24 X 36
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Sham Pain, 2012 Oil on Canvas 36 X 48
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In flagrante delicto, 2012 Oil on Canvas 72 X 84
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Modern-Vandals- Tokyo Residency, 10/2015 Mixed Media, Installation Mural 20' X 8' © Mika Revell
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Tokyo Salary Man Mural, September 2015 Acrylic on Wall 9 X 6 Feet
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Cliche, 2012 Oil on Aluminum 8.5 X 11
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gasa building, 2013 Paper, Wheat Paste, Spray Paint, Acrylic 84 X 92
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Bite me, 2012 Oil on Aluminum 8.5 X 11
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Virgin, Tramp Stamp, 2012 Oil on Aluminum 8.5 X 11
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Repulsion, 2011 Oil on Aluminum 72 X 48
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Carrie, 2011 Oil on Aluminum 36 X 48
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Van Gogh, 2012 Oil on Aluminum 8.5 X 11
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Jackalope, 2011 Sculpey, Acrylic, Feathers 24 X 26
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Pegasus, 2011 Sculpey, Pigeon Wings, Acrylic 24 X 24
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Facehugger, 2011 Bones, Sculpey, Acrylic 36 X 24
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Oro Borus, 2012 Found Objects, Dove, Pelican, Sculpey, Acrylic 48 X 48
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Jack, February 2010 Oil on Panel 3' X 4'
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OuroBorus, 2014 Oil and Gold Leaf on Panel 4' X 2' © Mika Revell
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Lucky Strike, March 2010 Encaustic, Mixed Media on Panel 11" X 5"
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Mash-Up 4, March 2010 Encaustic, Mixed Media on Panel 12" X 12"
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Mash-Up 3, March 2010 Encaustic, Mixed Media on Panel 12" X 12"
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Mash-Up 2, March 2010 Encaustic, Mixed Media on Panel 6" X 6"
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Sydney, Australia
Lives in
Los Angeles
Works in
Los Angeles
Schools
Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London, 2009, MFA
Parsons School of Design
Tags
pop, installation, realism, surrealism, graffiti/street-art, figurative, sculpture, exhibition/performance
Statement

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

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.