By Susan Santiago
Yesterday, March 21, Magenta Gallery on Zacateros 26 inaugurated an exhibition featuring the work of multi-media artist Sharon Milligan. The exhibit will be featured until April 21.
Exhibition of the work of Sharon Milligan
Until April 21
Milligan, who studied under the artist Victor Cuevas de la Mora, has won national and international recognition for her clay and bronze sculptures and has exhibited extensively throughout the United States and Mexico.
A fourth-generation Californian, Sharon Milligan came to San Miguel de Allende from San Diego in 1986. Several of the pieces that are featured in this exhibition, entitled “Open-minded People,” are part of a series the artist has been working on for over 20 years. These ceramic pieces have evolved over the years in size, firing temperatures and surfaces. The surfaces are always different; she utilizes both high and low-fire glazes, locally mined mineral color, and engobes (white or colored slips). Some of them are also painted with acrylics or oil-based paints, or a combination of all of the above.
Milligan believes that all people, especially she, should strive to be open-minded. These works serve as a friendly, and in her opinion, not too subtle reminder that people should work to achieve this goal. Her pieces are always whimsical and humorous and carry a positive message.
Sharon Milligan also works in bronze using a more classical approach. Her subject matter, while interpretative, includes figurative work and studies of animals. She began working in bronze when she moved to Mexico over 25 years ago.
Milligan also raised three children in California and she considers them to be her finest works of art. She moved to Mexico after they were well on in their careers. In her 25 years of living in San Miguel she has witnessed many people come and go. But she firmly believes that San Miguel chooses who stays. Her goal is to continue her work for the rest of her life. She believes that art is not a choice in her life, but a necessity.