June Marie Milham & the Challenge of Writing about Art

It’s not always easy to translate art into language. That even stands true when trying to describe visual art that utilizes language on the canvas.

Though the process is a challenge, it is a rewarding one, especially if you are dealing with work that inspires you and that you would really like to understand. This is the case, for me, with the work of my friend and partner, June Marie Milham.

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She’s been doing mixed-media works in a series she’s calling DISTANT RELATIVES, using color, vintage portraits (photographs) and language in combination to create some very interesting and poetic works of art.

Her blog is still being filled out with the works from this series –  including some of the pieces that already sold at the DISTANT RELATIVES gallery show –  and it’s worth a look: June Marie Milham.

And, if you’d like to see the product of my work at translating her art into language in essay form, check out my essay on Yahoo!Voices.


2 thoughts on “June Marie Milham & the Challenge of Writing about Art

  1. I like the section toward the end where you suggest that the viewer may be seeing these as our own relatives. There is definitely some emotional ubiquity when looking at early photographs. They seem to strike a similar chord in a lot of very different people. I like that the artist can be approaching old family photos from a personal perspective, but the viewer doesn’t have to know that to have their own relationship to the images.

  2. Thanks for reading DPL. I can see some nostalgia in your work too, but not the simple nostalgia of longing for old times. There is a more complex idea at work that seems to make you want to square yourself to the past (“Self Portrait as Grandpa”), to find the connecting line, or even draw it in where it seems it should be.

    I don’t know if you would agree with that assessment or not…but there are many figures standing near one another yet separate in your work. There is implied connection, but real distance.

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