CLAIRE MILNER

TRUE VALUE COLLECTION

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'TRUE VALUE' is a collection of large-scale paintings which feature crystal mosaics depicting keystone species. The process involves traditional painting techniques and rigorous mosaic methodologies. Rooted in the historical skills of an ancient art form renowned for depicting animal scenes, the mosaics are reimagined here in a vibrantly contemporary medium, synonymous with high fashion and luxury. Construction and deconstruction, appearance and disappearance, thousands of elements represent the last of the species by depicting singular animals. The works accentuate thematic and technical juxtapositions in order to question the human capacity for greatness and great harm. Isolated in the picture plane, the creatures are elevated to the importance of human portraits. Precious crystal mosaics are undercut by semi-abstract painted backgrounds and Latin graffiti drawing attention to multiple threats including climate change, poaching and habitat loss. The collection simultaneously confronts minute detail and the big picture in order to scrutinize perceptions and preconceptions and explore the opposing concepts of the superficial and the profound. (Click on images for lightbox).



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