Artist Talk: Barbara Milne

WHEN: Weds, Nov 9 at 7 p.m.

WHERE: Stanford Perrott Lecture Theatre, ACAD

Barbara Milne spent the past 18 months enthralled by the vast assortment of articles amassed by Peter and Catharine Whyte in their beloved log home. Items from their travels, gifts from relatives and friends, and purposeful or random purchases chronicle their eclectic interests and lifestyles. Milne’s enthusiastic immersion included the Whyte Museum’s vaults, where thousands of works of art and antiquities are preserved and stored.

The items Milne chose to highlight in her work convey a developed aesthetic and ethical awareness. Examining and photographing thousands of objects was a daunting task, but midway through the project a residency at the Banff Centre’s Leighton Artists’ Colony supplied a vital sanctuary for Milne to assess her research and complete numerous collages. Later, in her studio, Milne created larger acrylic paintings that simultaneously reflect a relationship between the interior of the house and the exterior adjacent landscape.

This exhibition at the Whyte Museum of drawings, collages and paintings focuses on the interior spaces and objects of the Whyte Home, and also the juxtaposition of this home with the external landscape of Banff and the surrounding mountains, especially as seen through the historic lenses of Catherine and Peter Whyte.

In this talk, Milne will describe her process and chronicle the development of her exhibition which opened at the Whyte Museum in Banff on Oct. 21st and will continue until Jan. 29th 2017.

Barbara Milne lives and works in Calgary, Alberta.