Carole Milon is currently returning to a visual arts practice. Her work in related creative fields spans 40 years, in tv art direction, costume and residential interior design. Originally from Montreal, Toronto and Haliburton are now home base. Pilgrimages to pre-historic cave paintings, petroglyphs and standing stones are inspiration for her exploration of the enduring, creative spirit. Her connection to land, its deep history and beauty is enriched each year in the Haliburton Highlands where she has a studio in a cabin in the woods.
I am drawn to the profoundness of landscape and how it shapes our lives.
My artwork explores connection to the land, to place, and our collective history rooted on this earth. I am intrigued by pre-historic art, evidence of early human relationship to place: cave paintings; petroglyphs; stone circles. I make pilgrimages to these awesome, visceral sites. They are proof of our enduring creative spirit. How does the earth influence culture and culture impact on the earth?
My artwork is abstract. Collaged paper, composed of various found fibres, I juxtapose disparate elements to create new meaning. These mixed-media works are richly textured, layered with paint, beeswax resist, graphite and ink; torn, woven and glued. I am inspired by the stillness of stone (earth), the movement of clouds (spirit), and the tenacity of lichen(inspiration). My palette is Northern – sap green; grey/blue; deep ochre. Contrasting highlights and deep shadows allude to the mysteries of the unknown and the dichotomy of opposites and symbiotic relationship.
Currently I am working in series, exploring the possibilities within a repeated structure. The scale is intimate, once assembled, each piece is hung on the wall and can vary in size from 6”x 6” to 22”x 26”, thus drawing the viewer in close, to engage deeply with the multi-faceted layers. I am gradually beginning to experiment, expanding these dimensions, for a different impact.
I am inspired by Ann Ryan’s collages, Dorothy Caldwell’s textile compositions and Andy Goldsworthy’s land art. Their chosen materials are deliberate, earth-based and radical, manipulated and re-assembled, questioning traditional order. This is subtly dynamic and very exciting to me. I strive to create a similar quiet tension and context for contrasts.
My creative process is spontaneous and intuitive, with patient intent I allow the materials to speak.