[ISEA2000] Artist Talk: LIZ MILNER – The Woods

Artist Statement

This work-in-progress explores the relationship between the formal qualities of a woodland landscape and a theory of aesthetics developed at the beginning of the 20th century by Roger Fry, artist, member of the Bloomsburry group, and influential art critic. Towards the end of the 19th century, he lived next to the woods which Liz Milner photographed over the course of the last year of the 20th century. The formal qualities within the photographs taken by Liz Milner, are being analysed and catalogued using criteria suggested by Fry’s essays in Vision and Design, and will be used alongside sound, text and some moving image in a multi-media presentati0n (eventually a ‘Director’ movie). This project re-visits his ideas from the viewpoint of a century later – providing a perspective that has seen both the embrace and rejection of modernism.