Milly Peck is a British artist working across painting, sculpture and installation. Working at the slip between two and three-dimensions, Peck uses a modest colour palette creating cartoonish imagery to depict slapstick yet mundane scenes, drawn from the everyday and domestic environment. The scenes she creates are often cropped into a smaller, more considered view points to create a sense of staged liveness similar to a theatrical set.
In recent works, she draws from “Foley” (sound effects that are added to films and other media postproduction) as a process for exploring the reproduction of the minute detail of everyday life and for the architectural qualities of the Foley-studio, where the Foley process takes place.
Peck’s work is often site-specific, responding to existing architectural features whilst negotiating the demands of a location, working in human scale to evoke use. Although she creates imitations, her work poses the possibility of activity. She explores dramatic devices used within the theatrical genre of the farce, paying close attention to the importance of ‘off-stage action’ and drawing influence from stage directions and set design as well as the dialogue within plays.
Milly Peck (b. 1990, London, UK) lives and works in London, UK. She holds a BFA in Fine art from Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK (2012) and an MA in Sculpture from The Royal College of Art (2016). Awards include: Jerwood Visual Arts Artist Bursary (2018); David Troostwyk/Matt’s Gallery Studio Award (2016); Gilbert Bayes Charitable Trust Grant (2016); Villiers David Travel Award (2015); Peel Award (2011).
Peck has been exhibited internationally at galleries and institutions including: Tintype Gallery, London, UK; Assembly Point, London, UK; Matt’s Gallery, London, UK; Jerwood Space, London, UK; g36, Glasgow, UK; Bluecoat, Liverpool, UK; BALTIC, Newcastle, UK; Thame-Side Studios Gallery, London, UK; Annarumma Gallery, Naples, IT; Castlefield Gallery, Manchester, UK; The Royal Standard, Liverpool, UK; The Greenroom, Krakow, PL; and Bloc Projects, Sheffield, UK.
Residencies include: AA2A Artist in Residence, Wimbledon College of Art, London, UK (2013-2014) and Artist in Residence, Surbiton High School, London, UK (2013)
Upcoming exhibitions include a group show ebc023 at East Bristol Contemporary, Bristol, UK (December 2019), and Peck’s first solo exhibition in Switzerland at VITRINE Basel (2020).