Preview of Mia Araujo’s “Into the Woods”

by Nastia VoynovskayaPosted on

The North Wind

Whisked away by spirited winds or lying supine, knee-deep in a mystical river, Mia Araujo’s heroines inhabit a world where human civilization seems trivial in the face of all-powerful nature. Her female characters stand alone, confronting the viewer with a head-on stare as if they wield an unearthly power over the goddesses, wizards and animals surrounding them. Citing John Muir and Hayao Miyazaki as her influences, Araujo creates baroque worlds where mythological figures from many cultures come together in cool, mossy natural sanctuaries. This cacophony of characters in her works speaks to the Earth’s incomprehensible power that appears to hold still for the moment of viewing the paintings. Mia Araujo’s show solo show, “Into the Woods,” opens at Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles this Saturday. – Nastia Voynovskaya

Oryu Yangagi


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