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Mimi, Ni Studios/ Street Photography

Mimi is a multi-faceted artist whose true passion lies within autobiographical creations. Her practice is innately cathartic and led by expressionism and her emotions. Most of her work is instinctual, spilling her thoughts and feelings out from behind the barrier off creation. She believes that she uses creating as a release and sees herself reflected through most of her oeuvre. Mimi specializes in painting, photography, printmaking, realism, digital and charcoal work.

"These are some photographs I took a couple of years ago and I recently gave them a new lease of life. “Happy to be here” is a reflection of the comfort and strength I find in my own sadness, knowing that it is something just for me. It is also a reflection of a past relationship in which I would have done anything and equally let my partner do the same, so that I could be ‘loved’ by someone . I can see now that the veil has been lifted that this wasn’t love, and certainly not the love I deserved. Being sad to me is my safe space where I find comfort and familiarity. “Happy to be here” is a reminder to myself that although I have felt trapped in my life, I have found a lamp within to light the way home. I know now that I deserve all the love, happiness and appreciation in the world. The title is a reminder to myself that I am no longer happy or willing to be in that place. There is grace in being lost but more in being found."


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