Mikayla Yadao De Peralta

Transcending Into Trauma



I am exploring the intimacies of the mind, body and how trauma affects it. This body of work is a personal and raw embodiment of my being. My work is autobiographical, acting as a confessional, relating to events I have experienced. I focus upon moments of trauma, supported by my research into feminism and sexism. My goal is to create canvases of visualized therapy. These moments are translated into painting and digital imagery, exploring both the psychological and physical affect many women experience living in society. Although my background of both disciplines inform each other, digital imaging has a profound influence on my paintings–it requires layering and distressing techniques in addition to destructive and reparative processes. I constantly shift each layer, creating both an abstract and representational image. These techniques are reminiscent of the destructive and reparative process that individuals cycle through when dealing with trauma. My juxtaposition of soft and fleshy strokes against harsh and solid color accentuates the dichotomy between reality and the mind.

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Don’t Look, Don’t Touch, 9″ x 12″, diptych, oil paint
I am My Mother’s Daughter, 15″ x 15″, triptych, digital image
I Thought You Were Smarter, 24″ x 36″, diptych, oil paint


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Congratulations Mikayla! It is great to see the project and your growth as an artist. It has been a pleasure to work with you!

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