Mitchell’s studio was chalk-full of shiny materials. The light was shining bright into the studio during my visit and it was pure magic. Her materials reflected pops of color from paint cans to the art on the walls. The process is clearly seamless and she has nothing to hide. The new work is raw and confident in it’s presence. Here’s what Mitchell had to share with us:
It’s great to reconnect with Taupe & Birch as I finalize everything for my first solo show in San Francisco! It’s funny just how much can change in a year. Since the last time we spoke, my work has continued to develop by leaps and bounds, which is really exciting. I’m continuing to unravel my core interests and explore the ways I can best use materials to reflect what’s around me.
For my forthcoming solo show, Virtual Prism, which opens May 1st at Hang Art Gallery, expect a lot of new surfaces and raw materials. I’ve been working on everything from solar film to mirrored Mylar to acrylic plastic to holographic surfaces. These works come out of exploration of interfaces, physical and conceptual windows, and the superficiality of internet culture. I’ve become really fascinated by the role of the screen (smart phones, computers, TV) as a contemporary viewfinder, and this series of work focuses more on that lens and its boundaries, which we look through to see the content we’re searching for.
This body of work also subtly plays with ideas of internet aesthetics, and the flatness of contemporary culture, where images stand in for actual ideas or experiences. More and more, the representation or image of something proceeds its reality. Easily digestible viral content and memes reign supreme. Our short attention spans have been trained to glom onto the next quick, shiny thing. In this way, the online places we create become a reflection of us as well.
I’m at an exciting place in my work. I’m spending more time in the studio now, and I’m really able to dedicate serious time to my craft. I’m still growing each step of the way, but have been really lucky to have the time and space to devote to taking creative risks and exploring new territory. I’m looking forward to continuing to make and share my work, and it’s thrilling to engage in the dialogue around what I’m making.