The work of Soey Milk is nothing short of captivating. Through vibrant compositions, textures, and attention to detail her subjects communicate an expressive longing that seems to harness the energy of her artistic spirit.
Please join Corey Helford Gallery Saturday, September 8th, in celebration of Soey Milk’s beautiful new series “Inflorescence”.
in·flo·res·cence \ ˌin-flə-ˈre-sᵊn(t)s \
a: the mode of development and arrangement of flowers on an axis
b: a floral axis with its appendages; also: a flower cluster
c: the budding and unfolding of blossoms: flowering
Since embarking on her career as a visual artist, Milk’s works have served as markers in the timeline of her life, with her ability to summon memories of all the major (and small) events happening at the time she was creating them. In Inflorescence, the history of her work and the word’s various meanings collide with the pieces of art unfurling as chapters from the floral axis of her life, embodied as a bouquet of ethereal portraits that anchors her narrative as she created this new body of work.
An obsessive sketcher and doodler, for the first time ever, Milk will be showcasing the initial seedling drawings and ideas that would later blossom into some of her best-known paintings.
“Usually I will start with an idea and an image, then I spend a good amount of time creating a drawing of it,” says Milk. “These studies often serve as blueprints for my paintings. I work in many layers and glazes, and often on three or four paintings simultaneously. Usually, my process will slow down significantly near finishing, then the tweaking hour comes where paintings are revisited and fine-tuned until we are all happy.”
Inflorescence will also continue experimentation with embedded objects as a medium in her work, with painted-over wallpapers and fabrics comprising the background of some of her paintings, pulled from the rooms they were created in. In one piece, a feather from her chicken spontaneously made its way onto the canvas and was sealed in place by a layer of paint.
Soey Milk “Inflorescence”
Saturday, September 8, 2018 | 7-11pm
September 8 – October 13, 2018
571 S Anderson St Los Angeles, CA 90033