A Southern Artwork meeting with Carolyn Rose Milner
Artist :: Poet :: Instructor :: SouthernGothic
Tell us about your studio space at the Goat Farm.
The Goat Farm is the perfect venue for my studio. I am surrounded by all sorts of creative process: painters, printers, dancers, photographers.
My small space, cozy as it is, is perfect for my work right now - collages based on my drawings and poetry. Since my work is about being southern and the automatic response people have to that, the placement of my studio is ideal.
“My work is about being southern and the automatic response people have to that…”
How would you describe your practice?
I work in my studio up to 4 hours a day, 5 days a week. Before one piece is done, the next piece is calling to me. Everything is messy around me but at last chaos and clean lines are finally organized on the picture plane. I tend to draw in between solid studio hours - I just cannot help it. Drawing, painting, poetry and all mark making is part of my daily experience.
Can you tell us about “Smoke Inhalation”? It’s a compelling series.
Smoke Inhalation was born out of watching my mother blow cigarette smoke out while holding me in her arms. I was fascinated with the idea, even when very little, that this substance went into her and came out different. I thought the clouds coming out of her had words or feelings inside them. When I watch two people companionably smoking together, they combine their smoke and create something interesting to watch in the air, something magic and ethereal, rather like the old black and white movies. Smoke Inhalation is more about relationships between women and what transpires in the spaces between them. Even the singular images I created are looking dead on at the viewer, including you into their smoky suggestions. Incidentally, I have never smoked cigarettes. I just like looking at it.
What are you working on currently?
My next body of work is tentatively titled Southern Gothic: Fruits of their Eyes. This is a series of small works on paper, combining my drawings, gouache paintings, Japanese papers, poetry, and clear Xeroxed images. I desire to make them tactile and touchable yet very remote as the context suggests. I made this body of small works in response to my divorce from a thirty year marriage.
What do you hope students will learn in your Experimental Drawing class?
Experimental Drawing is just wonderful! It unblocks your head and gets your visions humming. It's rather like meditation: it centers and excites your mind and body at the same time. Experimental Drawing is filled with quiet energy and through it you can learn to never be blocked again artistically. You can also discover some things you might have on your mind and be unaware of it.
“Experimental Drawing is filled with quiet energy and through it you can learn to never be blocked again artistically.”
What is unique about your Portrait Painting class?
Portraits can come in many packages and acrylic is a great, versatile medium to use. There are so many options with acrylic, just like there are so many options in portrait painting. Rendering the face will be the strongest focus in the class, but there will also be an understanding that there is a strong spirit within each personal painting that needs to come to the surface. There is always something challenging and familiar when doing a portrait. It's one of the most rewarding of all the arts and can be cherished later, capturing a moment in someone's life.
Experimental Drawing with Carolyn Rose Milner
4 Sessions | All Levels | Price: $140
Thursdays, January 9 – 30, 6 – 8pm
Portrait Painting in Acrylics with Carolyn Rose Milner
4 Sessions | All Levels | Price: $140
Tuesdays, March 6 – 27, 6 – 8pm
For questions, more information, or registration please contact the BINDERS Education Office at 404237-6331 ext. 203 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written by Jacob Gunter