Erika Mugglin is a Los Angeles based artist focusing on photography, mixed media and performance. Mugglin's photography, on the surface, is reminiscent of a serene technicolor daydream. She uses reflective surfaces to create interesting light patterns in her pieces which provides a psychedelic tone that coincides with her overall aesthetic. Mugglin's subject matter almost always involves the human form, and commonly some aspect of the form is abstracted. Her trippy alterations to her model's appearances cause the viewer to appreciate the physical form in a different way. An inspirational feminist artist challenging the way we observe the female form in a way that is beautiful within itself. It is hard to view Mugglin's photography without wishing to be immersed in a rainbow world like the one she has shared with us. I had the opportunity to ask her a few questions regarding common themes in her work and the other things she's involved in as an artist.
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If you were hired to photograph Donald Trump how would you pose him? What would he wear?
Good question! I would dress Donald in the most illustrious of clothing, so he could puff out his chest and peacock around, but I would do everything in my creative power to make him appear as small and overwhelmed by his environment as possible. Different imagery comes to mind such as an empty theater, or auditorium, or him standing in the shadow of greatness, mean and insignificant.
Aside from photography, what else are you involved in as an artist?
In addition to photography my focuses are on music and travel, and I feel best when I'm experiencing both in high quantities. I also have dabbled in production/set design for short films, and acting, which comes in handy when doing performance art.
Describe your experience when you worked with Natalie Wetzel and Daniel Huffman on the blobby sculpture piece for the Womb Gallery in the past. Working with Natalie and Daniel was an absolute treat. Natalie is not only a great conceptualizer, but she makes things happen. The blobs were of her sculptural expertise, and we both helped to formulate the concept. We spent about 6 weeks in OKC working on it, and we used several lights Wayne (Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips) had laying around. He eventually added the baby tubes to the ceiling and the Galactic Uterus stage was birthed.
On Instagram you detailed a concept you enjoy exploring: the juxtaposition of attraction and repulsion. What inspired your deep interest in exploring this concept?
This concept is appealing to me because not only does it result in an interesting composition for the image, in a way it combats the often voyeuristic gaze the internet has produced. We all look at each others lives so intimately, often when we are alone, seeing each others faces, and bodies privately and publicly at the same time, in a strange phenomenon that these last few years have produced. My hope with this concept is that when you inevitably look, seeking out something attractive, something pleasurable to view, your mind recoils, and you realize just what it was you were hoping to see and apply that to your every day interactions with people, and especially women. So you are conscious of just how often you seek out visual pleasures quietly.
Tell me a secret.
Sometimes I am completely unsure of sure what I am doing. It feel like I'm walking a path in the dark, but all you can do is continue to move forward and grow.
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