An exhibition by latex artist Michelle Mildenhall
31st August to 4th December The St Leonards Pub, London Road.

Reviewed by Mia L.

Michelle Mildenhall brings more than a little kink to this year’s Coastal Currents festival, with her bold and delightfully subversive show ‘SUB/MISSION’.


A self–proclaimed “lover of latex”, she combines the pop art sensibilities of Warhol with the illicit allure of fetish subculture. Her work portrays a series of familiar faces, each of whom are re-imagined via Mildenhall’s highly eroticized visual style.

Popular icons such as Audrey Hepburn, Wonder Woman and Frida Kahlo stand resplendent, seductively clad in gas masks, nipple harnesses and blindfolds. One of my favourite images from the show features a young Queen Elizabeth II donning a rather provocative looking neck cuff!

Mildenhall further extends her creative repertoire by including contentious political figures, such as Putin and Margaret Thatcher, in her work. Seeing Putin complete with neon pink hair, eye shadow and red lipstick epitomises the playful tone of this exceptional show.

‘SUB/MISSION’ commands your attention with its vivid depiction of alternative carnal desire and is a refreshingly diverse addition to this year’s Coastal Currents, which runs until 30th September 2019.

Coastal Currents is a yearly arts festival, celebrating the work of artists within the East Sussex area. The festival has a truly diverse programme of exhibitions and events across a variety of media, as well as the ever popular Open Studios initiative, where visitors can observe artists at work. Support your local arts community and get lost in Coastal Currents, today!

SUB/MISSION by Michelle Mildenhall is running until 4th December 2019 Please refer to Michelle Mildenhall’s website for further information on her work

You can find out more about the programme for Coastal Currents 2019 via their website

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