Coming from a multi-lingua background, I know firsthand how despite the fact two very different cultures carry their own set of signals and gestures, my family was still able to "speak" and be "heard". My early drawings, attempted to make sense and observe non- verbal language in situ, even in moments of absurdity and play. My current drawings take a more critical approach, by way of hatch marks and deliberate cover-ups, these drawings are a gesture of violence and attempting to show the power dynamics present between those with voice and those who are systematically silenced.
Jackie Milad is an artist who works with both drawing and performance art. She has exhibited and performed internationally and nationally in venues such as the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore, the Delaware Center of Contemporary Art in Wilmington, the Arlington Art Center and The Richard Foreman Ontological Theater in New York City. Ms. Milad has participated in numerous solo exhibitions most notably with Flashpoint Gallery in Washington D.C. and the Museum of Fine Arts in Mazatlan, Mexico and Culiacan, Mexico. In 2005 she earned her MFA from Towson University where she was a recipient of a competitive Graduate Fellowship. In 2000 she received her BFA from Tufts University and the School of Museum of Fine Arts in Massachusetts. In 1998, Ms. Milad studied painting at the Studio Arts Center International in Florence Italy.
Ms. Milad was Co-Founder an annual performance art event in Baltimore, the Transmodern Festival from 2003 to 2006 and served as Co-Founder and Curator for an artist-run venue, Chela Gallery from 2001 to 2003. She served as the Exhibitions Director for the Rosenberg Gallery at Goucher College from 2005 to 2007. Since 2007 Ms. Milad has held the position of Collections Coordinator and Curator for the Stamp Gallery at University of Maryland, College Park. Throughout her curatorial career she has had the good fortune of working with emerging and mid career artists of various disciplines.