Michelle Mildenhall is a UK-based mixed-media artist with a provocative approach to portraiture. Her instantly recognisable pieces are made from sheet latex which she combines with stylised imagery to seduce observers into a world of disconcerting beauty and mystique.
Guided by themes of sex, greed and fetishism, Michelle meticulously and laboriously recreates iconic female characters and historical figures such as Margaret Thatcher in Iron Maiden and Mary Magdalene in Bloody Mary using latex. Her process includes cutting the various latex shapes by hand before applying a thinning agent. The pieces are then recontextualised in fabulously erotic and ironic portraits. While the latex conceptualisation stands out as an entirely modern and subversive approach to art, her use of bold, block colours alone is enough to arouse the senses.
Michelle’s trademark niche has been lauded worldwide, exhibited in top global galleries including the Saatchi Gallery, London; La Luz De Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles and Sin City Gallery in Las Vegas. Michelle has also been featured on TimeOut, ITV News and Art Republic.