RC005 MILLY THOMPSON
Still Same Sexy
... A lone she-wolf at play, prowling and gambling ...
Using the window galleries as retail displays, Milly Thompson presents for us Still Same Sexy, a collection of digitally printed silk sarongs in three colour ways: ‘Morning, Light’ (blush/blues); ‘Afternoon, Heat’ (blood/orange); ‘Night, Club’ (midnight/neon sparkles). A kaleidoscopic mix of breasts, thighs, pelvises and arses parade amongst lobsters, sorbet sundaes, beach umbrellas, sea surf and lush flowers. The sarongs are an homage to the middle-aged woman where ageing skin, cellulite, stretch marks, sun spots, and flab can all run wild. She is independent and free to explore pleasure, beauty and excess as she chooses. Still Same Sexy invites all women to join the artist in being at one with their spiritual beach throughout a day of early morning pilates and afternoon sun; to lift a seashell to her ear and hear the sound of the ocean while savouring drifting tropical fragrances caught ‘en plein air’.
... A night of dancing leads to tomorrow's perfect sunrise ...
Milly's diverse practice considers commodity and pleasure, the rational and irrational as well as representation around ideas of perfection and ageing, working through a wide range of media including painting, print, text and video/sound. She was in the BANK collective from 1994-2003, when she created work shown in solo and group exhibitions at galleries including Tate Modern, ICA and Whitechapel Gallery. Her individual work has been featured in exhibitions, residencies and commissions at galleries including Freehouse, Timespan, Focal Point Gallery, Peer UK and South London Gallery. She is the recipient of many awards including the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award and the British School of Rome.
Milly lives and works in London, England.
Exhibition ran Sept 8 - Oct 12, 2020.
Still Same Sexy - ‘Morning, Light’; ‘Afternoon, Heat’ and ‘Night, Club’, 2017 - ongoing, digital printing on biodynamic organic silk voile, hand hemmed, approximately 140 x 140cm.