Mia Chaplin

(b 1991South Africa. Lives and works in Cape Town)

Working in oil on canvas and acrylic on paper, Chaplin’s highly expressive paintings are characterised by their rich impasto surfaces and visible brushstrokes. Her most recent works use a muted colour palette of pink fleshy tones and golden highlights. Her loose, erratic style of painting is intuitive and heightens the emotionality of her pieces; they reflect a sense of detachment between the self and the external world. Chaplin’s works sway between voyeurism and intimate interaction, while remaining consistently self-referential.

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