Rauha Mäkilä’s art has been influenced by popular and youth culture in all its diversity: fashion and pop music. Her paintings are at times like images from music videos, made with bright colours and vibrant, translucent surfaces. The images of revelry, however, not only involve cool irony and critique, but also reveal the profound sincerity of their subjects, and an unreserved appreciation for the delights of youth. Mäkilä’s hectic neon world has occasionally moved toward earthier tones, revealing the more sombre mysticism of youth, silent strength, and the fragility of wavering between different roles. The newest works ponder the state of the world today through an imagery characteristic to Mäkilä. With art she reacts against the pitilessness of today and with beauty against cruelty.
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