“My installations are transformations. Things that we see in one context are given a new place. My aim is to surprise, delight and provoke: to bring new life and ascribe new meanings to objects, shapes and textures. As a person, I am inspired by remote wildernesses but I live a 21st century urban life. I have two ways of being: the elemental and the worldly.
“This dialectic flows through my work. When I begin to work on a new installation, I search for an abstract concept that will serve as an integrating framework. I devote mental space for opportunities, ideas and possibilities to compete in a turbulent inner process. Eventually I settle on an orientating concept that becomes my purpose – the story that I want to tell.
“Then I seek a form to realise my purpose using a language of fabrication, shape, form and texture. The materials that I select first are essentially natural. Perhaps, wood, sisal, hemp, paper, seaweed or bark. But, I add artefacts from the modern world to elaborate my story. As I interact with the materials when making an installation I become closer to a deeper understanding of my own purpose. The story unfolds through interacting with the materials.
“I sense the different kinds of life force in the natural and man-made products that I use. The installation develops its own logic, taking directions that I did not expect. My work evolves rather than is constructed, striving to be true to the laws of emergence. It can take one of two directions: towards complexity, with richness, diversity and multiple juxtapositions, or towards simplicity, but profound simplicity, where the unnecessary has been stripped away leaving just enough to convey a meaning or a story. My greatest pleasure is to feel that my work is without artifice. I subsume myself to my purpose, give licence to my story to develop itself, allow my imagination to fly unheeded and respect the life force of my materials. From an act of will, things become significant in new and different ways.”
Miladys will be creating a new installation for 2017 following her much discussed work Beyond the Limits that was shown in 2016 (see photgraphs below).
Her 2017 installation comes from the viewpoint that, currently, the World is upside-down. She says: ‘This has mobilised me. I feel impelled to express the impact of social forces acting whilst being devoid of compassion. As we transit from one state to another we experience a void. The past is no longer a roadmap for the future. There are empty places in our heads and hearts that are replete with uncertainties. The work “emptiness” reflects this state of unknowingness and how compassion has been threatened or lost’.