Mortality, ideas of beauty in popular culture, and the contradictions and sometimes intertwined concepts of the superficial and the profound are recurring themes. Whilst simultaneously searching for beauty and meaning in both minute detail and the big picture, a darker subtext explores the fine line between perceptions and preconceptions. Through the use of crystal mosaics, undercut with painting and mixed media, the work questions our consumer driven world, which places great emphasis on celebrity and superficiality. Imbued with symbolism and references to both literature and topical issues within an art historical context, the works hold a mirror up to a society where people, animals and inanimate objects are valued mostly for their physical appearance.
The process is labour intensive and technical, combining meticulous crystal artwork with traditional painting techniques and drawing inspirationg from art history. An evolution of earlier studies in Greek, Roman and Byzantine mosaic, the crystal mosaics re-emerge with a contemporary Pop Art perspective. The andamento, or “flow” of the crystals show the muscular structure of the subject in the same way as an ancient mosaic. The technique of optically mixing colours, used by artists such as Seurat, of the pointillist movement, is critical to these works. Each image contains thousands of crystals, dynamically refracting in a rainbow spectrum, all applied by hand. Constantly changing mood depending on the lighting conditions, this is an extraordinary effect that no other medium can convey.
Claire A Milner has created art for celebrities, large corporations, advertising agencies and private clients around the world. Her 5ft x 5ft portrait of Marilyn Monroe, owned by Rihanna is featured on the Official website of The Estate of Marilyn Monroe. Her Swarovski artwork has received global recognition, and her work is regularly published in books and magazines. Her artworks are held in private collections in Australia, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Trinidad, U.K. & the U.S.A.
"Her richly diverse sources of inspiration include ancient art and popular culture, as well as music videos and Shakespeare. This is reflected in a dynamic adaptability, from a mosaic depicting under-sea volcanoes to iconic portraiture." Swarovski Elements Magazine.
Categories: Mixed Media