Segments in this Video

Disinterest in Artistic Process (05:09)


There is a chronology to the artist's career, but the artist feels that is a messy process. Lisa Milroy discusses how she began drawing a keepsake from Vancouver. Work examined includes "Painting a Picture" and "Shoes."

First Paintings (05:28)

Milroy describes how she started painting single objects and would complete a canvas in a day. Work examined include "Sailor's Hats," "Records," and "Shoes." The everyday objects series is gestural in nature.

Changing Style (02:01)

Some objects are more identified by their placement than by their appearance. Work examined include "Hardware," "Stamps," and "Squares." Milroy describes how she became interested in context.

"Kimono" (02:22)

Milroy reflects on how her work changed after spending time in Japan. A Japanese bride in a formal pose turns the woman into an object.

Using Photographs (03:27)

Milroy describes how she did not want to meet the children for "Heneage" and "Charles." Photographs enable her to edit her composition and have an emotional trigger.

Painting Two Series at Once (02:50)

Milroy describes how she enjoyed working on the "Tea Bowl" and "London" series simultaneously. The spirit of the city did not match the softness of canvas and oil paint. Spectators should be pulled into a painting.

Latest Work (04:13)

"Zebra" is an image of movement. "Thoughts and Words" and "Memories" draw upon Milroy's own past and life. A painting is finished when it exists in a concrete form outside of you.

Credits: Lisa Milroy (00:25)

Credits: Lisa Milroy

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Lisa Milroy

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Lisa Milroy’s paintings are pleasurable and provocative, clear but complex, immediate and yet richly subtle. In 2001 many of her major works were brought together for an important exhibition at Tate Liverpool; this film, the first about her work, was made alongside that show. Her earliest works are depictions of everyday objects: shoes in serried ranks, collections of lightbulbs and household hardware. Later canvases explore the process of depicting images of people, blank facades of buildings, and clichés of photographic landscapes. More recent work is looser and less apparently realist. Speaking about the development of her art from the early 1980s onwards, Lisa Milroy discusses how she uses the sensual and descriptive power of paint to express her unique ways of looking at the world. She reflects on the changes in her work; on the impact of Japan and its culture, on photography and time, and on the craft and process of painting

Length: 27 minutes

Item#: BVL194728

ISBN: 978-1-64867-373-3

Copyright date: ©2003

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