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.
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?
I also absolutely love her sketches.
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)
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.”