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RUN #00578a
Mia Araujo - Forest Healer - Standard Edition
Mia Araujo
Forest Healer - Standard Edition
Part of 1xFrame Shop   View Entire Series
Edition Size:   20
15 x 22 Inches Archival Pigment Print on 300gsm Museum Natural Fine Art Paper
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The framing option for this RUN includes a 1 Inch Black Wood Frame with UV-Glass, foam core backing and ready to hang hardware.


We are excited to welcome back the talented Mia Araujo for her 3rd RUN with us, this time she has brought us one of her latest paintings "Forest Healer" available in both a standard and embellished edition.

"I wanted to create a piece that would depict the forest as a place to heal from all the exhaustion, stress, and invisible wounds that each of us carry in our daily lives. I was inspired by Alphonse Mucha’s use of fabric and the intent gazes of his women, and by the healing power of the deer-god in Princess Mononoke. I had been listening to an audiobook version of Timothy Egan’s book about the worst wildfire in US history, ‘The Big Burn.’ So I imagined that all of the animals, forest spirits, and mythical characters that lived there would need a place of sanctuary after the horrors of a wildfire.." - Mia Araujo

This RUN is signed, numbered and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Mia Araujo and 1xRUN.

Discuss This Run

Mia Araujo Returns With Forest Healer

1xRUN Thru Interview
Forest Healer by Mia Araujo

1xRun: Tell us a little bit about this piece, was it part of a recent show?
Mia Araujo: This piece was part of my 2012 solo show “Into the Woods,” in which I presented different aspects of the forest, its mythology, and connection to humans. I wanted this image to feel calming and rejuvenating, but also to be charged with mysticism and magic.

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1xRUN: When was this piece created and with what materials?
Mia Araujo:
This piece was originally created in 2012 using acrylic on wood panel.

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1xRun: Tell us how the idea and execution came about?
Mia Araujo:
I wanted to create a piece that would depict the forest as a place to heal from all the exhaustion, stress, and invisible wounds that each of us carry in our daily lives. I was inspired by Alphonse Mucha’s use of fabric and the intent gazes of his women, and by the healing power of the deer-god in Princess Mononoke. 

I had been listening to an audiobook version of Timothy Egan’s book about the worst wildfire in US history, ‘The Big Burn.’ So I imagined that all of the animals, forest spirits, and mythical characters that lived there would need a place of sanctuary after the horrors of a wildfire.

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During the photo shoot, my model struck the perfect pose with the gaze I was looking for, the fabric was draped just right, and there was this beautiful rim light illuminating the side of her head.

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In this piece, she is a forest goddess- a mother-figure and healer of those devastated by forest fires. Victims flock to her rejuvenating, healing waters and are soothed of their physical and spiritual wounds.

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1xRun: How long did the piece take?
Mia Araujo:
About 3 or 4 weeks from start to finish.

1xRun: What is unique about this piece?
Mia Araujo:
The luminosity and lighting in this piece is unlike any of my other works. And I think the story behind it, like the stories in each of my pieces, is unique and rooted in a different part of my imaginary landscape. Also, each of the hand-embellished prints will be uniquely painted with gold iridescent acrylic paint.

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1xRun: Why should people buy this print?
Mia Araujo:
It’s a calming but striking image, and can be very therapeutic. The size of this print is close to that of the original, so you can appreciate a lot of the detail.

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1xRun: Describe this piece in one gut reaction word.
Mia Araujo:
Soothing.

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1xRun: Your work blends these fantastical elements with classic styles, what is it that influences you about each distinct style?
Mia Araujo:
I am inspired by all eras of history and I blend them together with the art history movements that I love, and wish would come back. It’s all pretty intuitive. There’s a lot of untapped territory in my head that I have yet to cover, which is always the excitement of starting a new piece.

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1xRun: Has anybody in particular been inspiring you as of late?
Mia Araujo:
Yes, Bjork. I first listened to her music when I was in art school and was obsessed with it. Some of her songs still remind me of some of my first assignments, because I listened to them so much, haha. After seeing her live for the first time this summer, I’ve been finding new layers of meaning to her music and art that I must not have been aware of before. I’ve changed so much as a person since those years, but certain music can still be relevant, and speak to me in new and thrilling ways.

1xRun: What have you been up to since your last RUN?
Mia Araujo:
I participated in a few more group shows (a Mark Ryden custom YHWH toy show, and a Travis Louie curated ‘Zombie’ show), and finished up a couple of commissions for collectors, including a drawing series of classic movie monster portraits. Those were a lot of fun to do!

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1xRun: What do you have on your schedule as summer winds down into fall?
Mia Araujo: Finishing up one more commission, some small original pieces for my online shop, and working on a personal project that I can’t reveal yet (but am super excited about!)

1xRun: Any other big plans for the rest of the year?
Mia Araujo: Yes! ThouArt  is releasing a downloadable catalogue-app of my work, which will feature 30 of my pieces including paintings, sketches, and studies. Each month they release a different artist, like Chet Zar, Brian Smith, and David Hochbaum. I’m thrilled to be working with them on my first digital catalogue.

1xRun: Where else can people find you? 
Mia Araujo:  WebsiteFacebookTwitterInstagram @mllemia – Tumblr -

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About the Artist

Location: Los Angeles, California

"I have long been fascinated by stories and characters, and the multi-faceted complexity that makes each person unique. I believe that all individuals contain the entire universe within them, which is invisible to the naked eye. My work concentrates on giving shape to the unseen forces within my subjects-- their thoughts, memories, emotions, and complex histories. These qualities fit together to form a vast, rich inner-landscape of identity and mythology for my characters." - Mia Araujo

Find out more @ http://art-by-mia.com/