Mia Enell’s freestyle fantasies, at once automatic yet carefully plotted, also recall the concentrated poetic form of haiku. They are direct, concise renderings of existence. Working across a variety of media that includes paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs and video, she selects the one that corresponds best to each ideas. Sometimes the work is driven by stream-of-consciousness and seemingly random thoughts while at other times the work is more calculated and deliberate. Regardless of media, her works evoke a range of associational possibilities and fleeting metaphors.
Composition and form are often reductive with the resulting images giving shape to distilled thoughts and ideas. The only thing left on the canvas or paper is that which is essential in conveying the essence of each notion.
Enell takes the seemingly mundane essential ingredients, life’s little necessities, as the starting point for the bigger ideas we strive to understand.
Mia Enell was born in Göteborg, Sweden in 1967.She is a graduate of the Nyckelvik School of Art in Stockholm and from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Enell’s work has been featured throughout Europe and the United States. She has shown at the Kulturhuset and Sotheby’s Contemporary in Stockholm, Sweden; Musée des Beaux Arts in Mons, Belgium; Parcours Artistique de St. Germain de Près and Galerie du Quai Malaquais ENSBA in Paris; CRAC Languedoc-Roussillion in Sète, France. Her work has also been presented in shows at Edward Mitterand Gallery in Geneva. In New York she has had shows at Luxe Gallery, Up& Co. and the Mid-Manhattan Library at the New York Public Library in New York, among others. Additional venues in the United States include: the Housatonic Museum in Connecticut and the Nordic Heritage Museum in Seattle, Washington. She has also shown in London at the verytrolley Gallery. In 2004, Enell received a Cultural Award from the The American-Scandanavian Society in New York. She currently lives and works in New York City.