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During the 1980s, Milroy made a number of paintings of objects neatly positioned against a neutral background. The arrangement of the light bulbs in this work suggests a deliberate categorisation, bringing out numerous differences between apparently similar designs. Yet the purpose of this careful presentation remains a mystery. Removed from any context or hint of their purpose, they appear simply as commodities, perhaps reflecting a concern with mass-production and consumerism.

September 2004