The last time I featured Mab Graves on my blog was when she opened her solo Alice in Wonderland exhibition and I absolutely loved it! Mab always has a way of capturing my attention with her choice of theme and her gorgeous use of colors. Which is what makes her one of my favorite artists. This time, her solo show at Arch Enemy Arts features a mixture of real Science with elements of Science Fiction. There are so many cute ideas and characters and amazing girls with candy-colored hair. It’s way too hard to pick a favorite!
“I think our collective human consciousness has been evolving with our rapidly growing knowledge of Space, and basically everyone you talk to now will admit that they believe there must be some other forms of life out there,” Graves says. “So advancing that premise to the next step – what will aliens look like? For the universe of my Atomic Candy Cosmonauts instead of painting time honored little green men or iconic alien Greys, I chose to depict the Extra Terrestrial life as giant floating Protista – which here on Earth are very basic-celled, visually exquisite organisms sharing their own unique kingdom of life (not animal, plant or fungi). As much as I think it would be incredibly awesome to discover humanoid life in outer space, I feel like the most likely initial awareness of life beyond ours in our current dimension will probably be something similar – cool cellular blobs.”
“I have always had a deep passion for Science and all things 60’s Retro Space – so I’knew that I wanted to paint an Astro Girl series one day. When I started the initial planning for my Atomic Candy Cosmonauts I decided that instead of painting my own versions of classic pulp kitsch, I would do a blending of real Science with nostalgic Sci Fi elements. I brought along some of my core characters like Farrah the pink fur girl and the crabby Caturn kitties as well as a brand new cast of Waifs and Petulant Planets for this adventure. I hope you enjoy the result – welcome to my Atomic Candy Cosmonauts!” – Mab Graves
You can view Mab Graves’ exhibition online by clicking here. Or if you’re lucky enough to live in the Philadelphia area, you can pay a visit to Arch Enemy Arts to see the show in person until April 30th, 2016!