Boy and Burro. Oil on birch panel . 16 x 20 inches.
Unnoticed Beauty by Gigi Mills
The lack of defined outlines in Gigi Mills’ paintings forces the eye to see her subjects and backgrounds as one, denying the viewer the opportunity to draw more attention to one over the other. This style suggests Mills sees her subject and background as a whole image, rather than separate parts. Indeed, the subjects of Mills’ work seem as though they could only belong in the worlds of their respective images, as if they are at home in the most essential sense of the word.
The anonymity of her subjects is strikingly dreamlike. Mills’ attention to movement and her dedication to elegance of form is rooted in a life of performance. The influences of her circus-infused childhood, as well as her experience with theater and ballet, are apparent in the staged feel of the paintings, as though they are each a scene from a performance.
Mills draws attention to the “unnoticed beauty” of life’s difficult moments. Her art is suffused with this intense act of noticing. “My work is about the condensing of a moment to its most elemental being.”
See more of Gigi Mills’ work in person, and online, at the following galleries and websites:
Gallery Orange: 819 Royal Street, New Orleans, Louisiana.
GF Contemporary: 707 Canyon Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Calvin Charles Gallery: 4201 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale, Arizona.
Girl with Chicken. Oil, crayon, and paper on book board . 12 x 9 inches.
Mexico/The Dog Who Wore a Bell. Oil on book board. 6 x 9 inches.
Laundry in a Dark Landscape. Monotype (oil based ink). 20 x 24 inches.
The Detail. Oil on book board. 12 x 9 inches.
The Cook and the Bird Dog. Oil, paper, crayon, and graphite on paper . 14 x 11 inches.
Somedays. Oil on birch panel. 16 x 20 inches.
Mexico/Green Serape. Oil on book board . 9 x 6 inches.