Atelier Gallery, Vancouver
April 26 - May 10
Poppy III (1997),
oil on panel
BARBARA MILNE is a Calgary painter
known for her small oil-on-panel landscapes. She has a
distinctive soft-focused style that is reminiscent of dark
passages and moody weather.
Her painted landscapes can almost be described as
"mediums" in the spiritualist sense, since they appear to
act as intermediaries between the visual environment and the
other-worldly forces of nature.
In her latest work, Milne moves more directly into
symbolist territory. Her mystic landscapes have
dematerialized into shadowy background spaces. Single
flowers or other botanical objects are centered in the
foreground of the pictures and are more realistically
rendered than her earlier content. These simple, unexpected
garden specimens underscore a sense of nature as both
fragile and foreboding: it becomes a presence that seems
poised between the domesticated and the untamed. While these
works are less ethereal than other recent imagery has been,
they are definitely provocative.