If you're an artist, what kind of art do you make?
Conceptual, Digital, Installation, Photography, Video
I teach and practice.
About my artwork
My work is issue based. The message is not strident. It carries multi-layered meanings relying on paradox, whimsy, serendipity...
Until 2007 I worked as a photographer within contemporary art practise. I have always tried to push the boundaries and expectations of photography.
BLUE, 2008, shown as installation of stills, video and sound relied on the allegorical associations of colour, objects and light. It was a lament. My response to the waste and suffering of the Iraq war.
Robert Clark, The Guardian, September 27 2008.
There's an ominous yet numinous radiance about Maggy Milner's installation in the attic spaces of Derby's delightfully creepy Pickford's House. Simply entitled Blue, the series of backlit photographic transparencies and video loops tries to picture such horrendous subjects as civilian casualties of the Iraq war. Yet everything is done through atmospheric suggestion: abstract colours resonate; glass cabinets reflect vacated interiors; there's a hint of snuffed flames. This is minimalist still-life for an age of hypnotic 24-hour TV news and live blogs from war zones. By presenting hints of the screens without the relayed images, Milner obliquely touches a poignancy that would be diluted by more overt or confrontational imagery, creating something like psychic TVs.
A DELICATE BALANCE, series of six installations 2011, was inspired by the austere atmosphere and haunting light of The Workhouse, Southwell. Objects were placed in regimented rows reflecting the rigid regime and repetitive labour imposed on inmates. It evokes parallels that exist in societies today. The work has a luminous transparency suggesting the fragility and precariousness of life.
Artists I like
Juan Munoz, Anslem Keifer, Lee Friedlander, Boyd Webb, Olivia Parker are just a few ...