One-Eyed Jack (2021)
Oil on canvas
76cm x 61cm
This is the maiden all forlorn
That milked the cow with the crumpled horn
That tossed the dog
That worried the cat
That killed the rat
That ate the malt
That lay in the house that Jack built.
One-Eyed Jack explores friction and dualities. A figurative depiction of intimacy and desire becomes defiant when juxtaposed with a burning one-eyed Jack of hearts, a symbol of opportunism, gender roles, hidden intentions. The card in flames floats over the heart, conflating passionate ardency with visceral resistance.
Mia Middleton is a multi-disciplinary artist whose practice spans painting and installation. Drawing on symbol and myth, Mia’s work questions the boundaries between human and non-human, conscious and subconscious, physical and ephemeral. Her surrealist/figurative compositions infer a folkloric theatricality, spinning a web of ciphers that explore themes of interiority, power and potency.
Mia's work has been exhibited at galleries nationally and abroad, including Ankles (Sydney), Hayden's (Melbourne), CICA Museum (Korea), Aici Acolo (Romania), Homesession (Barcelona) and ADAF (Athens). After completing two international art residencies in 2018, Mia was in residence with the Seoul Museum of Art until March 2020.