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Pink Unicorns and Pleather: Georgian Artist Mako Lomadze Rides Into Dreamland cover

Pink Unicorns and Pleather: Georgian Artist Mako Lomadze Rides Into Dreamland

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this post ran in 2022. We’re publishing this update in honor of our February 2024 exhibition, PINK!, which includes work from Mako Lomadze.

Where do you go when you dream? Contemporary Georgian artist Mako Lomadze plucks imagery from her subconscious escapades and creates oil paintings laden with surrealist symbolism. Just as our minds spin everyday events into far-fetched dreams, Mako translates her personal experiences into absurdist narratives.

Mako embraces her role as the main character and star of her work, often appearing in spectacular pink accessories worthy of a Hollywood starlet. “[My] art responds to the role of a woman in the modern world,” she explains. “[My] portraits illustrate the stages of self-contemplation, deep sensual issues, and shows the essence of true self, embraced by loneliness.” Bound in a black pleather catsuit and straddling a pink unicorn, Mako defiantly returns the viewer’s gaze in “I Overcame Obstacles.” She often “conduct[s] the tragic sense of existence [in] an aesthetic way,” transforming personal traumas into candy-colored fantasies.

‘Land of the Invisible Bugs’

Much of Mako’s work is set in the forest, a place where she feels safe from nightmares—either real or imagined. “I consider the jungle as a pleasant place, a place where I feel myself familiar,” she says. “This kind of nature reminds me of the western Georgia, where I had been spending most of my summertime as a child. It was [my] favorite place to be, and [I] felt very calm and protected.” Mako experiments with her emotions by painting these safe spaces as inherently threatening. In “Land of the Invisible Bugs,” she imagines a particularly haunting nightmare—”I had a feeling of bugs sharply rising on my body”—infesting the safety of the forest.

Moving through her subconscious with clear-eyed curiosity, Mako embraces the ambiguity at the heart of the human experience with cryptic imagery. Seeking catharsis, Mako charges into the depths of her psyche, armed with an open mind, brave heart, and a fabulous pink coat.

Scroll through to see Mako’s work, then head to our February 2024 exhibition, PINK!, to see her submission, “I Overcame Obstacles.”

Mako Lomadze embraces her role as the main character and star of her work, often appearing in spectacular pink accessories worthy of a Hollywood starlet.

Contemporary Georgian artist Mako Lomadze plucks imagery from her subconscious escapades and creates oil paintings laden with surrealist symbolism.
‘Joy of Non-Being’
‘Chronicle’
Contemporary Georgian artist Mako Lomadze plucks imagery from her subconscious escapades and creates oil paintings laden with surrealist symbolism.
‘Defender of the Rubber Dinos’
‘Hikikomori II’
‘Hikikomori’
Contemporary Georgian artist Mako Lomadze plucks imagery from her subconscious escapades and creates oil paintings laden with surrealist symbolism.
‘I Feel Safe in the Depths of the Deepest Forest’
“I Overcame Obstacles’

Mako Lomadze: Instagram | Facebook

All photos published with permission of the artist.

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Jenna Eberhardt

Jenna Eberhardt (she/her/hers) is NOT REAL ART’s associate editor. Jenna is a writer and working artist from Asheville, NC, who specializes in watercolor botanicals and dreamy moonscapes. A true night owl, Jenna enjoys a minimum of two cups of coffee per day and isn’t afraid of the dark when she’s up late painting. As a registered yoga instructor with a background in health and wellness, Jenna believes in the brain-boosting power of a regular mindfulness practice, regarding rest and relaxation as a necessary part of the creative process.

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