“I’ve been a woman all of my life. I have the authority to comment on that.”
Millie Bartlett is an analogue collage artist currently based in Sydney, Australia.
Her work articulates a strong visual language that is at once funny and feminist, romantic and razor-sharp, polite and political, tender and tumultuous. Contradiction is her cup of tea.
Millie has spent a great deal of her creative life with paints and charcoal, however found collage in 2013 and immediately found a synergy that was lacking in other mediums. Using primarily 1950s vintage magazines and ephemera she deconstructs concepts of feminism and the “progression” of women using kitsch sensibilities and enduring stereotypes. The tension between women’s position as subject and object is a point of recurring interest in her work.
A student of the male gaze, Millie creates collages that speak of the self-consciousness of the watched.
She loves the smell of really old paper and never works digital.