25 x 20 cm | 9 x 7 in
Original painting in mixed media on canvas.
"This piece marks the beginning of a new avenue in my visual inquiry, expanded from the experience of a short time spent on Shetland in winter. My observations are that of an outsider, conveyed through a sense of awe and wonder towards the northenmost point of the British Isles and its merging of Celtic and Nordic heritage. Romantic notions of journey and adventure through the wild and unforgiving North Sea, in search of re-discovery and re-imagining of folklore, customs, rituals, and life of remote communities and their landscape."
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Humour and horror equalise each other in the unexpected illustrative landscapes of Aiden Milligan. Far from observing space in a traditional sense, Milligan rescues the depiction of rural life from banality by portraying allegory and narrative. Perhaps even more surprising is his capacity for creating suspense in the imagery. Indeed, many of the images have a feeling of absence which gives a macabre power to the pieces. Milligan’s confident use of negative space heightens the dramatic effect of each piece, yet the illustrative style refuses to let the creeping sense of threat control the narrative. Instead, the images play out multiple possibilities without succumbing to a fixed reading.