Isaac Mills is a digital painter and designer from the east coast of Canada. He chose the moniker “Mugwort’ to embody his intention as an artist. Mugwort artemisia is a sacred tool used by ancients for lucid dreaming and astral projection, and much of his art blossoms from scattered sensory recollections of his own dreams. He seeks to strengthen the flow between the gateway of the dreaming and waking worlds, to open imaginal portals for the viewers and to guide them to an internal temple of inspiration and awakening. Much of his work is thematically centred around a paradigm shift that he sees happening around him in the world, and portrays archetypal forces, ancestral depths, evolution and shamanic symbolism. Visually synthesizing windows into both the bygone industrial era and a multitude of potential future realities, he anticipates the brink of time. His art has been displayed at galleries and festivals in Canada, the US and Europe.
“I seek to represent imaginal journeys and dreams as crystallized visions, in order to help remind the waking world of the dreaming. Practicing visual art since early childhood, drawing and painting have always been natural outlets. When I switched to digital painting in 2009, I discovered that with this new medium I was able to portray my visions more accurately, in higher resolution.
Many of my pieces start as concept sketches of ideas or visions I’ve had, and evolve into to finished images through a dynamic creative evolution. I use several programs and a wide variety of digital techniques and custom tools, relying on my sense of composition, balance, and narrative. By employing a synthesis of drawing, digital painting, graphic design, and sampling, I rely on intuition to guide the ascetic evolution of an image. I am drawn towards archetypal imagery with narrative potency, and imagery that is highly textured and patterned. The Wacom tablet is my preferred tool. My inspirations come from my dreams, moments of lucidity in everyday life, nature, sound, the sky and inner alchemy.” ~ Mugwort Artemesia[divider]