Lisa Milroy

'Handles'

John Moores Winner 1989

Oil on canvas

190.5 x 221cm

'Handles' can be seen as an abstract painting of lines, dots and circles, of moments of local detail and of overall pattern, whose composition depends on notions of display and cataloguing and placing. The restricted use of colour, and the knowledge of their function unifies the handles as a group, but they also invite individual consideration.

These are not real handles, but depictions of handles. They combine associations triggered by the idea of touching or pulling with a recognition of the formal structures of presentation. The result is a kind of travelling in thought away from the handles, and back again.

Lisa Milroy was born in Vancouver in 1959. She studied at St Martin's School of Art and Goldsmiths College.