Millie Laing-Tate MRSS
I love walking, especially in the mountains and have spent time travelling solo around South America and Austria. I'm currently working on some ideas for an outdoor exhibition in the summer
Exploring unknown places through the act of walking has become a fundamental part of how and why I make art. For me, there is an inherent connection between walking as a tool for exploration and art as a prop for observation.
The space in-between is what I’m interested in; in-between people, objects, materials and places. I make sculptural interventions which act as a kind of focus tool or punctuation mark; a way of drawing attention back to the present moment in order to question how we navigate our environment. As we rush around in a results-based, goal-orientated society, taking the time to slow down and engage with the process is becoming more and more important.
Things are rarely ‘finished’, but rather in a state of pause. A playful combination of materials and structures come into contact with the ground yet often remain unattached, echoing the state of the body as it traverses a landscape with one foot on the earth, the other in the air. Stuff gets flipped upside down, materials turn inside out, paintings get worn and perspectives shift. Objects are reinvigorated as form questions function. Gradually recurring forms, materials, symbols and structures build up into a vocabulary of abstract communication. Language, people and landscape intertwine. It’s an ongoing process.