The term ‘still life’ signals the fundamental experience of painting for Milroy, encapsulating her fascination with the relation between stillness and movement, contemplation and action.
In the 1980s Milroy’s paintings featured everyday objects depicted against an off-white ground, compositionally arranged in a grid or random scatter and characterised by a quick gestural application of paint. In the 1990s, Milroy shifted from fast painting to a slower, more modulated approach.
The artist began to paint objects within settings, which expanded her understanding of still life to embrace landscape, architecture, portraiture and storytelling. More recently, Milroy’s sense of experimentation has led her to explore painting through installation and performance.
In Here & There, motifs of clothing and shoes are foregrounded, object categories that have defined Milroy’s work since the 1980s.
Published on the occasion of the exhibition, Here & There: Paintings by Lisa Milroy at Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art, London (17 January – 18 March 2018).
Co-published with Lisa Milroy.