Lacoste, France, 2016
Lacoste: A small medieval town in southeastern France; located in the Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur region, where artists like Paul Gauguin, Henry Moret, and Gustave Loiseau are known to have studied the landscape, infusing their paintings with the unique colour and rich light of the area. In 1972, artist Bernard Pfriem founded an art school in Lacoste. The Savannah College of Art and Design later bought the school which now serves as one of its study abroad campuses. SCAD has restored many buildings that date back as far as the 9th century, giving the small village new life and giving students a once-in-a-lifetime artistic opportunity to be shaped by landscape, culture, and travel. (https://www.scad.edu/locations/lacoste)
Immersed in this idyllic environment, Kira Milligan spent her last trimester of studies at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Delving into landscape painting and architectural history, Milligan combines the two to capture the essence of Provence. The works strive to articulate the sumptuous yet playful light, as well as the joy and awe found at the intersection of structures and landscape.