i was so sure that i had already posted about Mia Chaplin, because she is one of my favourite local artists – but somehow i have not. which means today is your lucky day. Mia lives in Cape Town and works in oil. thick, thick oil. she’s represented by WHATIFTHEWORLD where she currently has a show on called Binding Forms.

“Lady, your room is lousy with flowers.
When you kick me out, that’s what I’ll remember”

Chaplin’s debut exhibition is a meditation on the quiet intimacy borne of the familiar. At first encounter her subjects appear unassuming; but on closer contemplation there is a subtle transfiguration at work. Chaplin’s paintings reveal the unexpected in the familiar, and entreat us to look again, and anew. Chaplin records her personal encounters and the ephemera of everyday, and in doing so, endows the painted subject with significance previously unseen in the original. Falling in and out of focus, the painter navigates a familiar world with unfamiliar eyes, binding together its impressions like fragments of a half-forgotten dream.

showing till the end of this month, so go check it out if you’re in town. in the meantime, enjoy the lusciousness in this post.

Erin Chaplin in My Fat-Day Dress, 2016
Erin Chaplin in My Fat-Day Dress, 2016
Protection from Evil Forces, 2016
Protection from Evil Forces, 2016
I’ll Just be Here, Wasting my Sarcasm, 2016
I’ll Just be Here, Wasting my Sarcasm, 2016
Ashleigh, Maxime and Candice in my Studio, 2016
Ashleigh, Maxime and Candice in my Studio, 2016
Carpet II, 2014
Carpet II, 2014
Still Life with Trembling Flowers, 2016
Still Life with Trembling Flowers, 2016
I Try to Remember Things, 2016
I Try to Remember Things, 2016
Olivie in the Pink Room, 2016
Olivie in the Pink Room, 2016
View from my Studio, Cape Town, 2016
View from my Studio, Cape Town, 2016
Portrait of Olivie Keck, 2016
Portrait of Olivie Keck, 2016
View from my Studio Evoramonte, Portugal, 2016
View from my Studio Evoramonte, Portugal, 2016
Untitled (Still Life), 2016
Untitled (Still Life), 2016
Microwave Mayonnaise , 2015
Microwave Mayonnaise , 2015
Butter Body, 2016
Butter Body, 2016
Young and Wanting, 2016
Young and Wanting, 2016
Pink Studio, 2016
Pink Studio, 2016
Still life with seven years of bad luck
Still life with seven years of bad luck
Shield , 2016
Shield , 2016
Untitled (Seated Nude), 2016
Untitled (Seated Nude), 2016
The Indoor Waterfall, 2016
The Indoor Waterfall, 2016
Your Flesh, My Blood, 2016
Your Flesh, My Blood, 2016

5 Comments

  1. “I try to remember things” is probably my most favorite of the bunch, but love them all, honestly. I always love your art related posts. Thanks for sharing this. :)

    Eternally,
    Rosie

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