About the Artist
Working strictly from feeling, Dana Milik’s acrylics on canvas are born from her memories of humans and their humanity: their faces, bodies, emotions, hopes and dreams, and attitudes are all portrayed by Milik’s broad, bold strokes of paint on canvas. Milik beautifully captures the essence of a person; her ability to convey someone’s myriad aspects of being with her abstract compositions is truly a marvel to behold.
As Milik works, existing in the here and now, she will feel compelled to create a portrayal of a person’s essence she met even decades ago, working from an emotional, etheric space as the creation pours from her brush to the canvas in her artful, dynamic representations of someone’s humanity.
“One Day On Bended Knees” 2011, Acrylic on Canvas, 100cm x 100cm
Always utilizing the whole canvas, Milik’s abstract forms and shapes echo, and in some ways surpass, Picasso’s use of primitivism and eroticism to deftly highlight human form, emotion, and beauty. Celebrating the sensuality, power, and dynamism of women is a hallmark of Milik’s work, as is evident in Ten Million Dollar Baby/Mona Lisa of the 20th Century, I Want You, and No More Sex.
While Milik has primarily only worked since 2010 with acrylic on canvas, the three-dimensional art Milik has made showcases the waste we as humans create. Milik’s sculptures are, essentially, the trash we create in our daily lives, collected and assembled in beautiful vases: the banal and ugly seen in an entirely new light. In Cent Mon Parfum, Milik places discarded perfume bottles in a fluted, lidded urn adorned with a thick red tassel: an homage to the death of the concept of requisite femininity while also highlighting the lengths and sheer volume of what a woman buys and uses to satisfy this societal notion.
“Mystery of Paradise”, 2011, Acrylic on Canvas, 100cm x 100cm0
In sculptures such as Mes Brosses á Dents and Feeling Better?, Milik similarly displays the trash we create being humans: placing used toothbrushes and pill packs on display in artful containers to highlight the sheer volume of these items’ use in our daily lives. As we day in and day out create endless piles of waste simply by living our typical lives, Milik’s work seeks to catalyze us to think about the waste we make, so that we can cumulatively choose to alter ourselves and our humanity for our collective improvement.
Milik’s multi-decade and multi-media career focus on our singular and collective humanity. All aspects of our base, banal and beautiful existence including our boorish and endless use of resources, are exquisitely captured while Milik subsequently fulfills her raison d’être: her calling to create and embody various aspects of our human existence through her art.