Jackie Milad (Baltimore, MD) Creates textured works on paper by cutting away and collaging older works into new pieces, as a practice to constantly reinvent the value and purpose of her artwork. Milad has been featured in group and solo exhibitions at School 33 Art Center with Cindy Cheng (Baltimore, MD), Solo exhibition at Phoebe Projects curated by Alex Ebstein (Baltimore, MD), Lycoming College (Lycoming, PA), Gettysburg College (Gettysburg, PA), Flashpoint (Washington D.C.), Museo de Arte de Mazatlan (Mazatlan, MX), DiFOCUR de Sinaloa Galleria (Culiacan, MX), Transmitter (Brooklyn, NY), Arlington Art Center (Arlington, VA), Silber Gallery (Baltimore, MD ). Milad is a two time recipient of the Individual Artist Grants from Maryland State Arts Council and a previous resident of the Creative Alliance at the Patterson. Jackie was a Sondheim Prize Semi-Finalist in 2018. She received her BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts, and her MFA from Towson University.
We assign a value to objects, and these same objects can shift meaning depending on perspective, time in history, and their given cultural context. How does a society come to these determinations, who has dominion over what is valued or not? As an artist, there's no doubt I make choices of what to keep precious or otherwise discard. In my current studio practice, I cut up older completed drawings, in some cases works I've held on for years, and now use for collage material to redefine their value and purpose. This sustainable process of making art is messy and most times irreverent--but an endless source of production. In these drawing-collages, I directly reference cultural symbols and language associated with my Egyptian and Honduran heritage, along with American pop-culture. I take creative liberties with the imagery to create a new narrative and landscape of my own.
(Image of Jackie and her parents taken in 1975)