“Birth Of Trauma” by Mia Makila, 2018 [digital collage]


The ‘Art Monsters of Sweden’ Collective

This is why I haven’t had any time to write here or to clean my apartment or even take down the Christmas decorations. I have worked really hard on my project of collecting some cool and inspiring artists from Sweden with a little darker expressions – and now we are the ART MONSTERS OF SWEDEN collective! Joining forces with Maria Wingård has been a great source of energy and courage for me. I just know that this journey will be the best one I’ve ever made. It’s like everything that has ever happened in my life have led up to this project and it means a lot to me to be able to contribute something beautiful and fresh to the Swedish art world. You can like us on Facebook but the page is not really active yet. I also have one artist working on making a logo for us. This is just the most exciting thing ever!

The bald and the beautiful

What a strange night. The church bells kept ringing for an hour. In the morning, I woke up to rain and feeling slightly off. But I’m working again, painting on ‘The Wound’. and coming up with new ideas for more paintings. It’s funny, every time I add hair to my characters, it ruins the whole expression. I can’t do hair for some reason. I ended yesterday’s work with making the character bald and I felt better about it.

Some of my baldies:

And characters with hair:

I’ve been losing a lot of hair this year, due to stress, and it is one of my biggest nightmares to become bald and completely hairless. I love my hair, it makes me feel feminine and beautiful. A lot of my sexuality is in my hair, I don’t know how to explain it.

Perhaps the core expressions – embodied in my demons, have to be as bald as they are bold because they are not about gender, identity or beauty. They are human, deeply intimate – channeling our inner child and spirit and who we are at the core. Something that is real and raw and connects us all. Hair is a superficial part of the human body – I go deeper than that. My demons even lack skin. So to put a fancy hairdo on top of their heads is like decorating a Christmas tree, it takes away from what they want to say. What I want to say. What the core has to say.