Soey Milk: Explorations in Erotica

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There is no doubt in my mind that Soey Milk is a phenomenal painter. I am inspired by her mastery of the figure and the skill she commands with pattern and fabric.

Omixochitl_RSZ I enjoy her varied painting surfaces – from the very slick and smooth to the more painterly marks.

LoopingMilk is currently studying at the Pasadena Art Center College of Design. I do not know how old she is, but I can’t stop thinking – Geepers Kreepers she’s so talented for someone still in school!

Gekkakou_blg What is most intriguing to me about Milk’s work, however, is the erotic quality of her work.

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I am pretty excited about this painting, because about a week ago I de-seeded a pomegranate and was immediately mesmerized by the deep red and jewel-like quality of the seeds.

Her work at first recalled John Currin, but unlike Currin’s work, I don’t get a sense of distortion or manipulation of the figure in a critical way. Maybe that’s my own bias though?

Currin pictured in his studio painting his wife for Vanity Fair

Currin pictured in his studio painting his wife for Vanity Fair

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After Hers

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I also absolutely love her sketches.

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And then there’s the lesbian erotic content of her work. I’m not sure what I am supposed to make of these pieces, but I do like them. “I want my work to be honest” (Milk)

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Milk reminds me of Japanese woodcuts, early anime and illustration. I am curious to see what she pulls from art history. When asked in an interview for Noir Notebook what inspires her, she said, “To name a few, from books, the garden, dreams, strange sounds and dusks.”

Want to learn more about Soey Milk? She has an instagram and a blog which are both pretty interesting :) She was also featured on Hi-Fructose.

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