Dame Claire by Michelle Mildenhall
Limited edition C-Type Archival print from an original latex artwork 1/25
A3 / 29.7 x 42.0cm
Michelle Mildenhall's art is created using latex, it’s a material she has spent years working with. The idea came in a flash of inspiration while she was working on a latex outfit for herself. With her portraits she want to seduce the viewer into a world of disconcerting beauty by using popular but somewhat taboo themes of sexuality, fetishism and subversion, she creates work in which a fascination with the subject evolves.
All Michelle's artworks radiate an underlying element of sexual association, not just from her imagery, but also because of the connotations of the medium in which she creates it. Each piece becomes defined and fetishized via its latex conceptualisation. She feels that they all have strong characters and more often than not there is an erotic/fetishistic element to them, but this is less about the physical appearance than about the state of mind of the subject.
Her current series of portraits is a culmination of her exploration of the medium. Her work has developed around the limitations and nature of the material and every piece is made by hand and meticulously constructed. Michelle has exhibited in the UK and America.