Kara Mitton is an artist from North Augusta, South Carolina, who has been drawing and painting since girlhood. In 2014, Mitton began her college career at Augusta University in Augusta, Georgia. She found oil painting to be a medium from which she could not separate herself and made the decision to pursue it as a career. Her creative endeavors took her to Columbia, South Carolina in 2016. Mitton’s work has appeared in group shows throughout Georgia, South Carolina, and Illinois. In May of 2018, she graduated from the University of South Carolina with a BFA in Painting. Currently, she resides in Chicago where she continues to work with oil paint depicting perceptions of memory as a means of achieving self-awareness.
My work, through figurative self-portraits and interiors, seeks to aid in self-awareness by exploring the contrast of the perception of our memories versus the realities of our pasts. Subjectivity plays a large part in how we view our worlds. I explore this theme in relation to time and space by manipulating the rooms -- geometric shapes that embody light beams, shadows, and reflections display the passing of time in a single composition. The figure is painted in distorted proportions to illustrate the irony of the opinions we hold about our own bodies. Through these approaches, my work reflects on the perceptions of self, traumatic events in our lives, and how the reframing of these perceptions can achieve a better understanding of self and improve the overall experience of everyday life.