Abstracting space and forms, Santa Fe artist Gigi Mills merely references the physical world. Her beaches, seasides, and interiors are placed in an impossible mixture of points of view, resulting in truly imaginary spaces. An attention to flat geometric shapes, a rarity of detail, and a tendency to define her figures as silhouettes lends anonymity to her subjects. Mills deconstructs the everyday, then surprises by uniting layers of rich oils to capture ethereal images that are both intensely personal and timeless.
The reduction of forms to a simplified elegance is essential to her paintings. Working in oil, sometimes glazing to force the light to pass through many thin layers of paint she sometimes scratches the surface or digs out small chunks of paint in order to reveal a little of the history of a piece. No matter what her current technique, style or subject matter, it is always Mill’s foremost intention to create work of extraordinary beauty, elegance, and restraint.