LATEX ART BY MICHELLE MILDENHALL

In production SPIKED WITH PAIN (2020)

Michelle Mildenhall is a UK based latex artist, whose work explores fetish subcultures, drawing influences from a broad range of sexual fetishes including rubber fetishism, BDSM and sexual objectification.

Through her bold imagery, Michelle examines both empowerment and vulnerability often by fetishizing iconic personalities in her distinctive pop art style. Her work is confronting and has the power to shock and move the viewer, a feeling that is increased further by the use of a restrained palette, seducing the viewer into a world of disconcerting beauty. By using popular but somewhat taboo BDSM themes, her artworks exude sexual association, but never touch on obscenity.

SPIKED WITH PAIN (2020), Hahnemuhle fine art print 
GOD SAVE THE QUEEN (2021), Hahnemuhle fine art print 

MDNA LTX (2019) in both hand made latex version and Hahnemuhle fine art print version

Michelle’s work is highly individual, each portrait is meticulously constructed using sheet latex and the artist has literally carved a unique niche with her work, which not only appeals to art lovers but to rubber fetishists too.  The exact proportions of cut latex shapes are layered to create instantly recognisable portraits with a nod to pop art with expanses of colour.

She adds ”My current series of portraits are a culmination of my study of the medium and my experiences as a latex fetishist. My work has developed around the limitations and nature of the material resulting in a very distinctive use of positive/negative space and colour, each piece becoming defined and fetishized via its latex conceptualisation”

ZARINA PUTIN (2016), Hahnemuhle fine art print 
STONEWALL SISTERS (2015), Hahnemuhle fine art print
PUPPY LOVE (2021), Hahnemuhle fine art print

Michelle has sold pieces world wide and is gaining widespread attention for her work, exhibiting in many prestigious galleries including the Saatchi Gallery, London; La Luz De Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles and Sin City Gallery in Las Vegas. Her ­ work has been feature on several television programs and in the press and her best selling piece QE2, made the front cover of Skin Two, an internationally distributed magazine.    

PERFECT PREFECT (2014), latex version (left) and Hahnemuhle fine art print version (right)

Michelle was born in Wiltshire and studied textiles and surface pattern at Somerset College of arts. This is where she first experimented with latex as a medium for her art. After finishing she moved to London where she worked for 12 years as a commercial graphic artist, it was then she had the idea of using latex to creating something unique in the art world. “The idea came in a flash of inspiration while I was working on a latex outfit for myself”  

QE2 (2013), Hahnemuhle fine art print 

Michelle’s work is highly individual, each portrait is meticulously constructed using sheet latex and the artist has literally carved a unique niche with her work, which not only appeals to art lovers but to rubber fetishists too.  

The exact proportions of cut latex shapes are layered to create instantly recognisable portraits with a nod to pop art with expanses of colour.  Her influences include Robert Mapplethorpe, Amleto Dalla Costa, Pop Art, Erte, Aubrey Beardsley and Cornelius Makkink and to name a few, but she finds inspiration from everywhere, from Torture Garden to Typography!

RUBY ALEXIA (2020), Hahnemuhle fine art print 

Michelle continues ”My current series of portraits are a culmination of my study of the medium and my experiences as a latex fetishist. My work has developed around the limitations and nature of the material resulting in a very distinctive use of positive/negative space and colour, each piece becoming defined and fetishized via its latex conceptualisation”. 

DAME CLAIRE (2014), Hahnemuhle fine art print

She takes on commissions and provides a highly individual portrait service working closely with her clients to create something that both client and artist can feel passionate about.

PLEADING (2019), latex original

To explore Michelle’s work further please visit the following platforms:

http://michellemildenhall.com/

https://www.tiktok.com/@mimi_latex?

https://www.instagram.com/michellemildenhall_artist/

https://www.facebook.com/latexartwork

To explore more queer contemporary art please visit https://linktr.ee/balaclava.q

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