Thrilled to share my personal essay just published in the Huffington Post, entitled
‘How An Encounter With The World’s Most Famous Vagina Painting
Changed My Life’
WHAT’S EVERYONE STARING AT? READ MY ESSAY TO FIND OUT!
These kind people made up part of the audience during my last public speaking engagement in Paris’ Saint Germain des Pres as part of the opening ceremony of The Bridge exhibition. Considering that I spoke in French, I didn’t do too badly (so I’m told). The more one speaks in public about one’s art, the greater the understanding of one’s own work – the inspiration, motivation, and process leading up to the final piece.
This past year has been filled with such opportunities. I would highly recommend that artists not shy away from speaking engagements or interviews if they get the chance. Sure, it takes a lot of preparation and time away from the studio, not to mention the stress and nerves that go along with public speaking. However, there are benefits:
My upcoming talk ‘Can Art play a role in the ever growing divide between cultures and religions?‘ will cover general and specific examples of how art can be used as both a weapon and a tool for social justice. Some of the topics covered will be the recent terror attacks on Charlie Hebdo, The Bridge exhibition, Nazi propaganda and the importance of art that bears witness. As for my list of benefits, the press release about my work and presentation caught the eye of Northern Virginia Magazine and that led to a feature article in today’s culture and entertainment section!
Full details about my talk on May 11th here: Lilianne Milgrom Artist Talk flier. Open to the public.