The Art of Mia Overgaard

One pill makes you larger and one pill makes you small

Postcard Friendship Friday (PFF)One pill makes you larger, and one pill makes you small. There are so many elements to this illustration that I can’t even begin to write coherently about it, but it is beautiful. This is artwork by Mia Overgaard, a Danish illustrator who studied fashion design before discovering that she enjoyed drawing clothes more than making them.

Dorthe in Aalborg, who kindly contributed this postcard, wasn’t sure that it would make the cut. I don’t think she was being serious.

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6 Responses

  1. postcardy says:

    This is what I would call creepy.

  2. A character in the new Matrix movie? ahehehe. I agree, it’s creepy.

    Have a great weekend.

  3. Stephanie says:

    I don’t think it’s creepy. It’s about transformation. Most women like to dress up and present the world with fantasy versions of themselves from time to time.

  4. Robin says:

    Well, I don’t think it creepy and yet I’m not all that on board with Stephanie’s comment. I don’t come away with the feelings of women wanting to transform themselves and I don’t agree that “most women” want or feel the need to “dress up and present the world with fantasy versions of themselves.” That is a mark of low self-esteem….feelings of inadequacy…..hiding behind a mask / false image. For it to make that statement, I should think the model, the face, should be that of a woman. This is not the face of a woman….but a girl. Although the hand is disproportioned, it too leans more to that of a young girl.
    With that said, I can see why some might find it creepy, even offensive……you have a young girl dressed up sporting a somewhat adult hairdo and make up, all very soft and feminine, and then you have the studded dog collar.
    “One pill makes you larger, and one pill makes you small”
    Taking it all in, I feel the artist may not (or may) have meant to give the face child-like features, and she may have meant to express feelings of how SOME women seek transformation…..she has included the butterfly which symbolically states transformation. It also symbolizes a desire to flutter through life…..as in a daze….as on drugs. But the studded dog collar symbolizes control and restraint. Maybe the artist is commenting on how some women are controlled / restrained by outside vices / devices and that which is beyond her control. But to experience it here, like this……the words, the hand to the mouth (so as to hush….something we shouldn’t or don’t want to talk about), the studded dog collar, the up turned over the top piled high do with rabbits. Rabbits are a symbol of fertility. They are also a symbol of fear and timidity.
    Oh, we could go in all manner of directions with this. I love it!

    Hope your weekend is beautiful.

    • Chris Overstreet says:

      Wow, I guess folks either love this or hate this. I thought it was stunning and I think your analysis is right on.

  5. Beth says:

    This postcard is exquisite. I LOVE the artwork and am feeling very inspired. Thank you for sharing this wonderful artist’s work with us! Happy PFF!

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