Milling around: a metaphorical research about yourself
a project by Diotima Parenson
At the base of this project there’s a research about human identity, about the inside and out, about the coincidence of human paths. It’s not by chance that the artist presents herself with a different name.
“Milling aroud” is a famous English common saying that means “walking around”, vaguely, but it’s also a hint to the movement of the windmills from the West Indies, once used in sugar cane plantations.
The depicted maps become a vehicle to orient oneself along the present path, coming from the awareness of one’s own story.
The sky maps illustrating now the northern hemisphere then old iconographies have been depicted on two separated plexiglass plates , which are sewed together and coincide through a string that hang them up; colours and shapes project glares on the surface on which they’re oriented.
The boxes made of two plexiglass sheets in an aluminium frame represent scenes of everyday life, looking into the Antiguan population’s life, with its own history and mores.
The pictures, taken from youtube movies, have been reproduced on a mirrored surface in order to create a play between the observer – who observes himself while looking at the painting, which is changing continuously depending on the glare that is an essential part of the work – and the plexiglass transparency where the theme of the map occurs.
The three-dimensional windmills lead – through technical solutions of light and colour – to the human component given by the wheeling around of the blades.
Finally, in the wide painting entitled “Sounds”, over an old map of the Island a group of figures becomes blended and indistinct on the background meaning to say that sometimes the past seems more limpid than the present.