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Elsabe Milandri

Recent Monotypes, 2021

Exploring the medium of monotype, I looked at the monotype prints of Edgar Degas, which were surprising in their freshness, movement and contemporary feeling.


Elsabe Milandri
b. 1980
Pretoria, South Africa


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Recent Monotypes, 2021

Elsabe Milandri’s work searches out the sublime, synapses between ideas, and the interaction between feeling and observation. She references her immediate space and experience: motherhood, learning, ritual, weather conditions. In her practice, observational drawing acts as a catalyst for consideration and improvisation, a point of investigation. Her process is intuitive: it invites and relies on the unpredictable elements of the creative process, investigating through chance and play, thinking by writing, feeling through the action and physical movement of mark-making.

Exploring the medium of monotype, I looked at the monotype prints of Edgar Degas, which were surprising in their freshness, movement and contemporary feeling. The titles Forest in the mountains and Forest in the mountains blue reference his landscapes titled similarly.

Milandri completed her BA in Fine Art at the University of Pretoria in 2002 and a Masters in Fine Art, New Media at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, UCT, in 2006. She held solo exhibitions, Diagram for Change, 2010 at the AVA in Cape Town, Something like Now, at Salon91 2012, [Dezember] at The Literoom in Basel 2012, Sostenuto at Tina Skukan gallery in Pretoria in 2013, and Wind shifts at eight at Smith Studio 2017. Her latest solo Our Mutual Coordinates showed at CIRCA, Everard Read September 2020.

She has taken part in group exhibitions at Everard Read Gallery, Barnard Gallery, Smith Studio and others in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria as well as Basel, Switzerland. Milandri’s work is represented in private collections in the USA, UK and throughout Europe. Milandri lives and works in Cape Town with her husband and four children.

Works

Forest in the mountains
Oil-based monotype
Paper size: 338 x 367 mm
Image size: 247 x 295 mm
R4 200

Forest in the mountains, blue
Watercolour monotype on Zerkall
Paper size: 359 x 368 mm
Image size: 176 x 243 mm
R3 800

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