The artist sees a world in flux, a world of perpetual change and transition, a constant building-up and a tearing down. In these works Milgrim focuses her lens on the Accretive processes in our world that mimic the way of Nature and reveals beauty hidden in plain sight.
After pallet clean ups, her Alameda High School painting students leave behind colorful residue that builds up, layer after layer, forming surreal imagery.
March 28th- April 24th
The combination of Lapis Lazuli pigment and gold is an ancient one. Lapis at one point was worth its weight in Gold and perceived as a stone of the gods. The pairing of the two materials, denote royalty and form a connection dating all the way back to antiquity. The utilization of the aesthetic brings a complexity to the portraits reminiscent of historical Indian miniature work. The borders function as architects capable of building future narratives that extend beyond the three figures. They are able to contain the portraits yet bridge a legacy of three generations of Punjabi Sikh women together. Gold permeates the surface and brings a luminosity capable of transforming the space itself. Responding to its environment the work uses light as its own material to create.
Commodification of gold may have reduced its spiritual value, but the politics surrounding this material are echoed in the legacies left behind by colonialism. Much like the Lapis Lazuli that has been mined for over 6000 years, I hope to excavate and extract deeper meaning from these materials, to recontextualize them as more than status symbols. The figures shown are the generations of powerful Punjabi women before me; the intimacy of the portraits is heightened through the gaze they establish with the viewer. Through the use of gold and lapis lazuli I not only pay homage to them, but the rich history of the South Asian community.
Sunroop Kaur is a visual artist originally from Calgary, Alberta who received her B.F.A from Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 2019. Kaur’s work functions similar to an ecosystem, in which cultural cultivation and exchange are visualized. She uses her practice as a vessel to transport critical conversations about identity, race, gender, culture and inherited art histories (Italian Baroque + Classical Schools of Indian Miniature). As a first generation immigrant who has never visited India, she struggles with the layered complexity of her own identity and feelings of displacement. Kaur’s work borrows from Western and Eastern iconography to create ethereal spaces, where the dichotomy regarding her identity may find reconciliation. Synthesis of contextual spaces generate dialogue, within the Sikh Diaspora.
‘Grandmother’, 20 x 20 inches, gold leaf, acrylic on canvas, 2020
‘Mother’, 20 x 20 inches, gold leaf, acrylic on canvas, 2021
‘Daughter’, 20 x 20 inches, gold leaf, acrylic on canvas, 2021