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Sophia Milligan
'The Optimism of Spring' Photograph Cherry blossom Sakura flowers green pink

2024

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'The Optimism of Spring' ('Mono No Aware' Series) 24 x 36" edition Limited edition archival photograph, hand signed and numbered. Unframed _________________ The cherry blossoms burst from naked stems, breaking the spell of winter's grip, in a fragile, fleeting dance of hope and beauty. Using intricate layering of double exposure photographic techniques, Sophia expresses the joyous moments of transient magic within the contemplation of ordinary yet intimate seasonal landscapes. Woven together into richly textured, poetic photographic artworks is the acknowledgement that in all things there is balance: In the sensual interplay of light and shadow; in virial life and peaceful dormancy; in the enduring and the effervescent. 'The Optimism of Spring' is from the body of work 'Mono No Aware'. Without a direct English translation, the Japanese phrase 'mono no aware' speaks of the poignant awareness that everything in existence is temporary, it is a recognition of the ephemeral nature of all things. Moments, feelings, experiences cherished and appreciated in their impermanence, for that is where their beauty comes from. _________________ Archival photograph printed on Hahnemühle Photo Rag® paper, one of the most beautiful and high quality art papers available. The luxurious matt finish provides a reflection free image that is rich in detail, depth and tone. 24 x 36 inches (including an approximately 1 inch white border) Hand signed, titled and numbered to the lower right corner on the white border. Limited edition of 25. Each edition comes with a Certificate of Authenticity featuring a signature and edition number. Other sizes available, including bespoke sizes- please contact * Please note that images of the artwork in situ and framed are an indication of how the piece can look, and in the context of other artworks. The artwork is being sold unframed. ________________________________ About The Artist Sophia Milligan is a contemporary multidisciplinary artist. Born among the wild cliffs and tempestuous seas of west Cornwall, I grew with the intimate details in the twisting lanes and the intense changing light throughout the turbulent seasons. Like the wind sculpted hawthorns and sensual coves of weather worn granite, I have been shaped by the powerful energy entwined in this ancient raw environment. I formed a primordial connection with a deep instinctual sense of being part of the natural narrative, and wherever in the world I may be, this connectivity underpins my practice. Finding magic in the flux and balance in the nature of all things, I explore fragile, fleeting moments and interdependent relationships, formed only during a synchronous dance with its opposite: the sensual interplay of light and shadow; wild raw energy and serene stillness; chaos and harmony; virile life and peaceful dormancy; the enduring and the effervescent. It is in melancholy beauty flowing between shifting seasons, and in human narratives tangled among wild landscapes, that I find my inspiration. It is in the blurred boundaries between restless seas and stoic stones; where the solidity of the soil meets the freedom of the air; where temporariness is the only constant. As such, I enjoy working with a balance of control and freedom: discipline and guidance, whilst simultaneously relinquishing all authority and throwing the odds to the winds, to chance encounters, and the unexpected. Drawn to the Japanese aesthetic philosophy of wabi sabi, I find beauty in the imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. We are all the stories of the journeys that came before, carrying with us ancient immutable connections whilst leaving our marks and memories in tangible traces across the surfaces of our travels. I weave into my work tales of transitory circumstance; of struggle and survival; of forms and textures holding records of evolutionary processes. I paint, I draw: with marks, mixtures, photography, words; the raw earth; the restless oceans; the whispered breeze. I work with time, and the immeasurable spaces of experience within, illuminating the extraordinariness of the ordinary, giving subtleties of existence a pause for contemplation'. Sophia has a 1st class honours Bachelor of Arts Degree in Visual Arts and World History, and a Masters Degree in Contemporary Visual Arts. Her work is held in international private collections, and exhibitions of her interactive, immersive installation, photography and mixed media works include 'Tabula Rasa', London; 'Superlative', Plymouth; 'Transition', Newlyn; The Eden Project, Cornwall; The European Parliament, Brussels; Kew Gardens, London; and 'The Cameraless Film Festival', Chicago. ___________________________________ Modern . Abstract . Conceptual . Contemporary . Floral . Nature . Naturalistic . Wildflowers . Tree . Blossom . Countryside . Leaf . Leaves . Tropical . Still Life . Blue . Green . purple . pink . White . Spring . Seasonal . Cornwall . English . Countryside .
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