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'THE IMPACT OF THE HIGHLY IMPROBABLE'
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'THE IMPACT OF THE HIGHLY IMPROBABLE' Painting

Claire Milner

United Kingdom

Painting, Acrylic on Canvas

Size: 37.4 W x 37.4 H x 0.4 D in

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This painting is unstretched and shipped in a tube, there is a generous border to allow for stretching and framing if required. Featured in The flux Review and Create! Magazine. Selected for Create! Magazine global online group show curated by Gita Joshi. Allegorical and literal, the work references Leda and the swan, however, as a topical reference to our current political, environmental and health situation, this depiction is of a black swan; signifying random events that underlie our lives, characterized by their extreme rarity, their impact is huge and they're impossible to predict. They represent the impact of the highly improbable. Prior to the Coronavirus, relatively few people had heard of pangolins, shy creatures from the anteater family and their place in the illegal wildlife trade, yet they are one of the most trafficked mammals in Asia. Bear bile continues to be taken from Moon Bears, also featured. The self portrait appears as protector of the animals, ghostly and semi transparent; an allegory that our future is inherently bound up with our treatment of the earth’s natural resources. The camera phone shows the Coronavirus “The impact of the Highly Improbable”. The Butterfly represents Chaos theory which illustrates that small causes may have large effects in general and in weather specifically, ultimately resulting in the massive impact of climate change. From the collection entitled ‘ANIMA MUNDI’ spotlighting the intrinsic connection between all living things on the planet. This equitability of importance between all living organisms is underscored by challenging the usual hierarchy of foreground and background and giving equal significance in the compositions between figures, flora and fauna. The works are both allegorical and literal and simultaneously present a utopian and dystopian viewpoint. Self-portraits appear as ‘protector of the animals’ and environment, making up the majority of the canvas, but certain repeating themes are signifiers that in an otherwise halcyon landscape, all is not quite as it seems. The butterfly is a recurring motif representing the idea that initial small causes may ultimately have profound effects, such as the extensive impact of climate change. The camera phone panels are another recurring motif showing explicit warnings of the negative effects of human activities, unless there is a willingness to reconnect with the natural world.

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Painting:Acrylic on Canvas

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:37.4 W x 37.4 H x 0.4 D in

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British artist Claire Milner was famously commissioned to create the Blue Marilyn portrait for Rihanna, widely featured by the global media, but her personal body of work is made up of paintings inspired by her time spent in Africa focusing on social and environmental issues. An artist member of the Gallery Climate Coalition, she works in collections which are continuously evolving around the theme of nature, our place within it and encroachment upon it. Environmental references such as climate change and mass extinction have been the central focus of her image making for more than two decades. Her artworks include diverse mediums including paint, paper and collage, and as a signifier of her familial ties to Italy, she sometimes incorporates the ancient art of mosaic - famous for animal depictions – and crystal methodologies as a symbiosis of past and present. Her portrayal of animals’ interchanges between the metaphoric and the literal, yet the impact of humanity remains implicit, even when the human figure is absent or plays a minor role in the composition. Her process begins with extensive research, engaging in hours of study, compiling statistics and viewing painful imagery of the consequences of poaching, habitat loss and climate change. A great deal of consideration is given to the integration of this material into the final composition, where realistic and abstract elements coexist, alongside carefully selected art historical references and themes from classical literature forming a balance of topical and historical narratives. Milner’s work has been displayed in museum exhibitions in the UK and her paintings have been widely featured in the global media including the BBC, BLOUIN ARTINFO, Channel News Asia, Elle, Forbes, Huffington Post Arts, The Observer, Save Virunga, The Telegraph, The Times, Vogue Paris and Vogue India. Most recent features include: An in-depth article entitled ‘Artist Claire Milner Addresses Climate Change, Mass Extinction and Pollution’ in Musings Magazine which interviews thought-leaders and artists in the philanthropic and social impact space, published by Susan Rockefeller; a feature in The Observer in 2020 alongside pioneering artist Judy Chicago’s Create Art for Earth campaign and interviews in The Curator’s Salon and The FLUX Review in 2021. ‘Everything is Connected’ from the Anima Mundi collection was chosen as Painting of the Day by Contemporary British Painting.

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