Research Students 2014

Janis Milligan

Is It Possible To Find Beauty In Decay?

Rot, corrosion, erosion, collapse: they are all forms of decay and natural processes of destruction or breaking down. However, a dynamic balance exists between destruction and creation, as the transformative potential of each is intrinsically linked to the other. Albeit on different time scales, everything in the world including human beings is in a constant state of transformation. The continuum of change can be subtle or dramatic, but it is ubiquitous and ongoing. In my studio practice, I investigate notions of trace and transience as I use the corrosive properties of iron to document the transformation of materials by rusting on canvas.