Malmö, Swedish artist Miles Johnston portrays motifs whose figures are in flux, be it through fragmented bodies, multiplied faces or limbs twisted into impossible positions. Often Johnston (before) or his partner, the graphite portraits distort the typical anatomy in a way that harmonizes the familiar with the unknown and visualizes the thoughts and emotions that are otherwise hidden in the mind.
Whether in front of a trippy backdrop or on a quiet beach, each piece shows the experience of the body “through a kind of internal metaphorical language,” says the artist. He further explains:
We don’t directly experience the actual biochemical facts about what goes on in our bodies, how hormones secrete, weird little proteins and neurons do whatever they do. Instead, we have a whole language of expressions like stomach tied in a knot, feeling empty, torn in two, burning with anger, etc. I aim for this kind of naive direct representation of how things feel rather than a literal representation like them look from the outside.
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