Judy Millar

Things Get Worse

Things Get Worse by Judy Millar

Artwork Detail

Curator and writer Robert Leonard commented, ‘Judy Millar calls her approach “painting backwards”. She works on the floor. Paint is applied to the canvas then manipulated by hand or with rags. The paint is slid around using big wrist and arm gestures. Paint is removed in the process. Her marks cut across their own tails, creating spring-loopy forms that seem to hang in exaggerated illusionistic space, like frozen gesturetrails. Springy, perky, hysterical, hyperactive, her swirls bang around the picture space recalling how fights are depicted in comics as mad swirls of lines.’

Things Get Worse
Production date
oil and acrylic on canvas
2080 x 1694 x 34 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the Patrons of the Auckland Art Gallery, 2003
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New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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