Lisa Milroy Room 1997

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Artwork details

Artist
Lisa Milroy born 1959
Title
Room
Date 1997
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1750 x 1983 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1998
Reference
T07434
Not on display

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Room shows a traditional Japanese interior. The proportions of the room are harmonious, an impression reinforced by the artist’s carefully balanced palette of grey-green, brown and white.

Milroy’s painstaking attention to detail seems to emphasize the complete absence of narrative or anecdotal information. Emptied of human presence, the room has a blank, eerie quality. The lack of a narrative dimension is unsettling as it offers us no obvious way to read the painting. Instead, an intense atmosphere is created that is disturbingly difficult to identify.

September 2004