On Vacation

Hello fellow bloggers and art enthusiasts. Other than wrapping up last minute details for the Re-writes show in September, I’ll be taking a little break and enjoying some downtime in August. My poor neglected garden needs some TLC and harvesting so other than the odd random piece of art that may come out of nowhere – please stay tuned for a new lineup in September.
Cheers,
Kim

Posting for Re-writes on Visual Arts Nova Scotia page

The following write-up was recently posted by Visual Arts Nova Scotia for my upcoming rewrites show:

Re-Writes is an intriguing new exhibition of work by Waverley artist Kim Milan. Characterized by her love of portraiture and her keen observations of people, each subject is exquisitely rendered on up-scaled or recycled newspaper to produce a work that combines human emotion with the underlying textual connection to tell a story. While living in Montreal Kim gained a vast appreciation for street art and this is reflected in the somewhat graffiti feel to the work. It is gritty, urban and socially relevant; yet captures that ephemeral moment of introspection felt by us all. Showing September 6th-September 30th Paperchase Café 5228 Blowers St. Opening Reception; September 6th 6-9 PM Additional Information can be found by visiting: http://kimmilanart.wordpress.com/ https://www.facebook.com/KimMilanArt?ref=hl https://twitter.com/AKimMilan
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Schwarze Welle

Upon completion of this Che Guevara portrait, I translated the text in the forehead area to be “Black Wave”. It is reminiscent of Che’s speech at the UN in 1964 where he berated the UN on not taking a stand against apartheid in South Africa. He ended his speech with the Second Declaration of Havana “And the wave of anger, of demands for justice, of claims for rights, which is beginning to sweep the lands of Latin America, will not stop. That wave will swell with every passing day. “Why on a German paper? It was in East Berlin that Che met the Argentinian born East German communist Haydée Tamara Bunke Bider aka “Tania the Guerilla” who fought and died for her lover Che during the Bolivian Insurgency.

Enjoy!
K.M.

"Schwarze Welle"

“Schwarze Welle”

Ich Bin Ein Berliner (before and after)

Ich Bin Ein Berliner (I am a Berliner) from Kennedy’s famous speech in Berlin. If you look closely at the jaw line in this portrait you see the English text “We Are Family”on this otherwise German newspaper. This and the American flag graphic on the sheet echo the sentiment from Kennedy’s speech in showing American support for West Berlin. Also serendipitously I noticed the text “Kennedy” (very last piece of text in the topmost sentence on this paper) when I was almost finished the piece.

Enjoy!
K.M.
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"Ich Bin Ein Berliner"

“Ich Bin Ein Berliner”

before

“The Artist in All of Us” – retouched

I had to go back and tweak this Maya Angelou portrait. The background was competing far too much with the head scarf that I wanted to feature. Went back and created a much more minimalist background to accentuate the patterned fabric effect that I wanted. Like it so much better. Hope you agree.

K.M.

"The Artist in All of Us"

“The Artist in All of Us”

“Burgher”

Proving that inspiration can come from the strangest places. “Burgher” – an interpretation of Rodin’s statue of Pierre de Wissant, one of the 6 Burghers of Calais. In addition to the obvious play on words in this piece, there is also the compass rose and ship which is fitting for the port town of Calais.

Enjoy!
K.M.

Burgher

“Burgher”

“An Impressive Start”

Pablo Picasso portrait in conté, charcoal and pastel on a recycled Telegraph Journal. Interesting textual connections on this page “Salon” and “Vermeer”. Picasso was a frequent visitor of Gertrude Stein’s salon in Paris. Pablo reportedly once remarked “I would give the whole of Italian painting for Vermeer of Delft”. The newspaper sheet from 2013 refers to the 100th Anniversary of Saint John’s Imperial Theatre. It also marks the 100th Anniversary of the Armory Show of 1913 which marked the “Modern Art Invasion” to the US and featured Picasso’s works (among others). The show was criticized by the public and the press.

Enjoy!
K.M.

An Impressive Start

“An Impressive Start”

An Impressive Start - close up

“An Impressive Start – close up”