Lisa Millet


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Oil pastel on paper 14¾ x 11 inches

Name spelled in capital letters on back of frame, no date.

LOK 2003.16.1

The gifted fine arts student earned her BFA at USM before starting an art gallery she runs now in Jacksonville, Florida. Her After the Storm pastel, remarked and purchased at an annual student show has a dramatic literary intensity that we rarely find in our days. Two people, no doubt a mother and child come in our direction, escaping from a dark disaster that swallows them into darkness. At the high horizon in their back the lightning goes on, a house stands in ruin, it is hinted at in a few strokes. With the human survivors, anguish sweeps over the earth. We are reminded of such artists as Käthe Kollwitz, Gustave Doré, and Goya. Art for one moment is pure content and pure form; a rare combination in modern times. The artist must have been young, and innocent and very mature. But in the hurricane ridden South, which art work yet on Katrina equals her empathy?


Cook Library Art Gallery Permanent Collection, Lisa Millet, After the Storm, oil pastel