Alison Milner: Decorative Minimalist at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

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Alison Milner: Decorative Minimalist at Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Alison Milner, Walk in the Park, 2021. Photo © Steve Speller, courtesy Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Alison Milner: Decorative Minimalist at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield 27 March — 27 June 2021 Entrance is free — Visit now

Artist, designer and maker Alison Milner refers to herself as a ‘Decorative Minimalist’ – being inspired by the geometry of nature and by a simple, minimal use of materials. The relationship between nature and the man-made is a key theme in Milner’s work and many of her artworks illustrate landscapes, architecture, nature and wildlife.

Decorative Minimalist features a large-scale, illustrated tile mural entitled Walk in the Park. Designed exclusively for Yorkshire Sculpture Park, the mural consists of 160 ceramic tiles that capture the everyday life and soul of YSP. Yorkshire’s elemental weather, iconic works by Henry Moore and James Turrell, historic architecture such as Bretton Hall and the 18th century chapel, large sculptures being installed, a medley of wildlife by the lakes, and families enjoying a stroll, reinforce Milner’s and YSP’s belief that spending time outdoors surrounded by works of art and nature is good for your mind and body.

Working in a wide range of sustainable and natural materials, Milner’s chosen mediums are clay, plywood, paper and vitreous enamel, all of which are represented in this new exhibition at YSP. Learning about new materials and extending processes through collaboration with other makers and manufacturers is a key part of her practice. This exhibition sees a collaborative approach with British manufacturing companies.

Other works in the exhibition include My Imaginary Tile Company. This series of handmade tiles consists of unglazed porcelain, black stoneware and high-fired terracotta in earthy tones and minimalist, geometric patterns. The collection is simply made, using a deliberately limited range of tools and techniques, including rolling, hole punching and slip sgraffito.

These new works are displayed in the YSP Centre and YSP Shop, together with unique ceramic boxed collages, silkscreen prints on plywood, and bright vitreous enamel panels.

Alison Milner: Decorative Minimalist at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield 27 March — 27 June 2021 Entrance is free Visit now

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