The main content of ‘Milk MADE’ consists of Vermeer’s ‘Milkmaid’ and Andrew Wyeth’s ‘Spring Fed’ pictured below - for me, they combine beautifully.
I first saw Vermeer’s Milkmaid in London’s National Gallery at the age of 18. It struck me that the only ‘sound’ in the painting was the very quiet milk hitting the bowl.
I saw Wyeth’s Spring Fed at a retrospective exhibition of his work in Jackson, Mississippi in 2003... beautifully painted, stunningly still and quiet.
My aim in making the Milk MADE was that it would have a narrative that would work on different levels:
- ‘Art About Art’ - a celebration of the work of two of my favourite artists
- A story about my first encounter with the painting and the sound of the milk
- An art history lesson about the process of how Vermeer made his paintings
A circular red ring isolates the milk being poured from the jug.
Look closely at my Milk MADE and you will see the same milk ‘reflected’ on the pale hanging on the wall. The same milk trickles from the overflowing sink. The camera obscurer in the bottom rhs of the composition projects the milk again across the bottom of the image – it is believed that Vermeer (a 17th Century Dutch artist) used an early obscurer (embracing the use of contemporary technology) in making his paintings.
Looking even closer you might see a reflection of The Milkmaid on the top of the water in the sink.
One of a kind artwork
Print on canvas... embellished with areas of hand-painted acrylic
Sold Unframed – the pictured old frame is 2D and part of the artwork
46 x 35 cms
Signed and dated on the back
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