Artomatic Takes Flight, open since July 25, is winding down its run at Reagan National Airport. Before we take leave, we thought your might like to get to better know some of the artists showing there. You have until the end of January to revisit your favorite artists or to go for the first time!
Our first artist is Lilianne Milgrom.
Have you been in Artomatic before?
When I arrived in the DC area eleven years ago after living in Israel for many years, I was at a loss as to how I would be able to continue a successful art career in a place where I was a total unknown. I remember signing up for Lenny Campello’s workshop on how to break into the DC art scene. He dumped an enormous amount of information on us and a helpful-to-do list that included participating in at least one Artomatic. I signed up that year. I can’t say that it led to being ‘discovered’ or anything that dramatic, but being involved in a community of artists did inspire me to get out there and do my thing!
Tell me about your work.
My work is very eclectic – I use various mediums and enjoy creating work that combines different disciplines. I think my multi-cultural background has shaped this approach. I was born in Paris, grew up in Australia, lived in Israel for extended periods and now reside in the U.S. My larger installations are often inspired by global events that underscore the universality of the human condition. But don’t be fooled – even though I take my art very seriously, I don’t take myself that seriously and thoroughly enjoy the lighter side of creating art – the work at Reagan National Airport is a perfect example. I love sitting down with a piece of clay and letting it form itself into a figure that evolves in the making. I often end up with strange creatures that sport all sorts of surprising embellishments.
I have been creating art for as long as I can remember and that’s quite a few decades. My life revolves around art – creating it, looking at it, reading about it and writing about it, and my family have thankfully been there beside me for the ride.
Name 3 artists you’d like to interview.
Two living artists and one deceased artist come to mind. Because I am increasingly drawn to conceptual installation in my own practice, I would love to interview two of my favorite artists in the field: Francis Alys (Belgian) and Sophie Calle (French). Their work transcends any definition – in Sophie Calle’s case, she has created her more memorable installations based on personal events in her life. In Francis Alys’ case, he takes on global issues and interprets them using such wit that he brings them to a level that one can identify with.
The deceased artist I would love to have a long chat with is Gustave Courbet, the 19th century French painter who many historians claim laid the foundation for the Impressionists, and therefore should be considered the real father of modern art. But even beyond this claim, I am in awe of Courbet’s fearlessness, his determination to stand up to the constraints of his day – definitely the First Bad Boy of the Art World! In fact, I am writing a novel sparked by my unique and most intimate experience with his infamous erotic paiting L’Origine due monde( The Origin of the World) during a residency in Paris. This video clip explains it all.
Future Exhibitions of Note
Lilianne will be participating in, and co-curating, an international exhibition in Paris in February 2015. The exhibit is entitled, The Bridge, and is organized by CARAVAN, an Arts NGO originally founded in Cairo by the Rev. Paul-Gordon Chandler for the purpose of forging understanding between faiths and cultures of the East and West through art. Their recent project (in which she also participated) opened at the National Cathedral in D.C. and went on to the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City this past summer. More details on that can be found here.
If you’d like to chat more with Lilianne or see more of her work: