Mia Cathcart (b. 1993) is an artist living and working in Liverpool, UK. She is also co-founder and Director of MUESLI projects, an independent arts organisation that curate and host exhibitions. Her recent exhibitions include BARTR, Muszi, Budapest (2016), Company, Summerhall, Ediburgh (2016), Fantastic Rubbish, MAKE, Liverpool (2016) and 30works30days, 12ø, London (2016).
Mia’s paintings are based on found images, where she has no relationship to the subject. This seems relevant in the social media age of the instant; in this environment has the face become a saturated image and the form of portrait painting redundant? She seeks to question the formalities and expectations of portraiture, highlight the limits of the medium, and put emphasis on her paintings as ‘objects.’ The direct and fluid painting style that Mia uses has the effect of filling her subjects with personality, encouraging the audience to get familiar and intimate with groups of faces that are detached and anonymous. She is interested in exploring the paradoxes between familiarity and anonymity in her work.
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